Why did this film take so long to come out on DVD? I had a VHS taped from BBC2 for years and despaired about ever having a good copy. Then just recently I typed in the title on the Amazon site just out of curiosity - and Bingo! there it was! I was overjoyed, as this is one great film. All the actors (and even the audience) are excellent. Jason Robards carries the whole story very ably abetted by Norman Wisdom (I think this was his best role) and not to mention brilliant performances by Britt Ekland, Harry Andrews, Elliott Gould, Joseph Wiseman, Forrest Tucker, Denholm Elliott, and countless others. A great plot that barrels along at a great pace, all about a young Amish girl Rachel (Ekland) who comes to New York in 1925 to dance stories from the Bible (!) on the stage. She meets Professor Spats (Bert Lahr) who takes her to Minsky's Burlesque and meets Billy Minsky (Gould), Raymond Paine (Robards) and Chick Williams (Wisdom) and the story gets funnier and funnier from then on. The theatre is under investigation by the Society For The Suppression Of Vice so Rachel is to be used as a lure under the name Madamoiselle Fifi, a hot French striptease actress. Interspersed with authentic vaudeville acts the story hurtles to a great finish - I won't give it away, you watch it for yourself, you won't be disappointed.