3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2010
Starting with "Down Argentine Way" in 1940, 20th Century Fox embarked on a lavish series of Technicolor musicals starring the likes of Alice Faye, Betty Grable and Carmen Miranda which were immensely popular,the best of which being "That Night in Rio", "Weekend in Havana", "Springtime in the Rockies", "The Gang's all Here" and "Hello Frisco Hello". However, by the end of the war falling receipts meant drastic cutbacks in budgets for sets and costumes, and Fox could no longer showcase their contract musical stars in Technicolor (except Betty Grable who cannily had the requirement written into her contract).The economy shows in "If I'm Lucky", a modest offering which terminated the contracts of major talents, Carmen Miranda, Vivian Blaine and Perry Como at the studio - very shortsighted of them.Vivian Blaine of course went on to become the toast of Broadway in "Guys and Dolls", and Perry Como became a mega star on TV, as did Phil Silvers, also on hand here."If I'm Lucky" concerns a band led by Harry James and featuring Miranda and Blaine seeking engagements, who hitch their wagon to a politico (Edgar Buchanan) campaigning for office as governor, backed by a hefty campaign fund.Perry Como is the local boy and aspiring songwriter who falls in love with Blaine, and eventually replaces the gubernatorial candidate: he sings the title number and "One More Kiss" very nicely, and could have become as big a movie star as Bing Crosby if Fox had had a bit more foresight. Vivian Blaine handles her numbers well and looks lovely. Carmen Miranda more than anyone needed Technicolor, but is her effervescent self with lively contributions to "Follow the Band" and "Bet your Bottom Dollar" as well as the big production number "Batucado".The result is never less than entertaining, but one wishes Fox had not thrown away all that talent on what is ultimately a programmer.
Extras include an untitled trailer and Carmen Miranda in an excerpt from a B/W Army & Navy Service short singing "I Yi Yi" in a singalong version.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I write this review regarding Perry Como. At last a magnificent transfer is available. The picture quality is brilliant and the sound - hi-fidelty digital. The bonus features include isolating the soundtrack - and what a superb quality sound you get -never have these songs sounded better. Thank you 20th Century Fox for a great remastering! Superb!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2009
For anyone who wants to complete collections of such difficult to find films, this is one you shouldn't miss out on. Perry Como made very few films as he didn't feel it was his 'medium', but thank goodness we have such modern techniques to allow us to find, buy and enjoy them! A lovely reminder of Viviane Blaine in her younger years.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2011
I've only watched this once and my initial impressions were mixed.
A great job of restoration - the picture and sound could have been recorded last week - excellent work.
Good to see Harry James and Perry Como at work, even if Perry Como's acting leaves a lot to be desired. Phil Silvers is at his best.
What lets it down is the choice of music. The songs sound as if have been all written by the same writer, and I thought that most of them, including the title number, were shocking! They sound like the sort of thing a total amateur would produce. Those performed by Carmen Miranda were at least lively, but the film would have been better if the others had been omitted altogether.
There again, I've only watched it once - perhaps the aimless warbling will grow on me!