If you like the music of Irving Berlin, this film is a must. Alexander's Ragtime Band, Annie Get Your Gun, Easter Parade, Call Me Madam, Blue Skies, This is the Army, all these films are based on Irving Berlin's music. The plot of this film is somewhat bland, but who cares about plots in musicals. Of the five main characters only Marilyn Monroe is a non-musical star, and it shows. Introduced as a glamorous novelty she does her best, but fails. Her oft-cited 'Heatwave' sequence may have its admirers today, but compare it with the boogie-woogie version of Fred Astaire in 'Blue Skies'. No contest. Ethel Merman, who was always closely involved in Irving Berlin musicals (see her stage version as Annie Oakley), belts out her numbers with the usual gusto, but she tends to overact and fluff her lines. Donald O'Connor and Mitzi Gaynor are dynamic as the youngsters of the family. Dan Dailey isn't given the scope to show his range of dancing abilities, so brilliantly manifested a year later in MGM's 'It's Always Fair Weather'. The person who really lit up the screen for me was Johnny Ray, the 'baby' of the family. Forget his unassuming demeanour and inane role as the would-be priest and simply listen to his number 'If you believe that there's a heaven'. Ray (together with Frankie Lane) was the flavour of 1954 and was introduced to attract the teenagers of the day. Most people today think that Berlin is simply a city in Germany. What a shame that this great composer is recognised and appreciated by so few. I hope that this film will bring his music back to the light of day. But I'm not holding my breath.