A splendid souvenir of the 1950's exuberant, tuneful Richard Adler-Jerry Ross show, this film version generally agreed even better than the stage production.
Factory trouble, workers pressing for a rise - negotiator Babe Williams (Doris Day) on collision course with new superintendent Sid Sorokin (John Raitt). No prizes for guessing what happens.
An unlikely subject for a musical, but it all works a treat, especially when the Babe-Sid romance comes to the boil ("Small Talk") and bubbles over ("There Once Was a Man"). Other delights include "Racing with the Clock", "I'm NOT at all in Love" (when Babe clearly is), "Hey, There" (Sid's memo to self sung into his dictaphone), the infectiously happy "Once-a-Year Day" (troubles cast aside at the staff picnic), "Seven and a Half Cents" (staff agog at what their rise will bring in as the years pass).
There is much else besides, despite the recording lasting only forty minutes. No accompanying notes, alas. Details of cast, plot and production would have been appreciated.
Despite that reservation, five stars for the pleasure given.