I didn't like how short-lived and out of the place the screwball type comedy was in the beginning and how the movie suddenly becomes a musical. But its worth watching to see Dennis Morgan and Ann Sheridan preform musical numbers, and wow! I liked how the ending was instantly brightened in technicolor to enhance the finale song.
To be honest, the acting is not great, but this still remains an exciting technicolor adventure film with an excellent cast including Universal International's new (at the time) radiant red-headed star Piper Laurie. And of course Rock Hudson, George Macready, and Gene Evans are featured, but unfortunately in "brown face". This movie also includes an uncredited appearance by a young Anita Ekberg! Her one bit of dialogue in the movie was actually dubbed due to the fact she couldn't yet speak good English. George Macready's acting in this films seems a little bit forced and overly passionate. Rock Hudson is great though, as he always was in these early adventure films Universal International put out during the 50's.
An excellent action packed story about the Seminole rebellion of the 1840's brightened in technicolor! Sure its a low budget movie and it shows throughout the fake Spanish moss and quicksand, but the color of the jungle setting along with the uniforms and warpaint is enhanced significantly! And what a cast! Rock Hudson, Anthony Quinn, and Barbara Hale are the lead stars, but an unknown (at the time) Lee Marvin also appears in this film. And to the Gilligan's Island fans, Russell Johnson (aka the professor) has a small role in the movie. This movie contains an unusually sympathetic tone towards the Seminole Indians; ultimately the capture of their land is presented as pointless and the commander in charge of the destruction of the Seminole is depicted as a mentally ill, racist, run-by-the-book major. The movie concludes with a hopeful attitude of peace between the army and the Seminole.
When I saw that this film was in color I knew it must be a high-budget film considering how scarce color movies were during the early 40's. Therefore I expected a high-budget plot to go with it. It contained a few wholesome, romantic highlights, but the unexpected dramatic death scene at the end of the movie just didn't fit with the overall bland comedy/romance mood of the film.