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A great little musical biopic !,
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This is a very pleasant couple of hours entertainment, loosely depicting the life and times of jazz musician Red Nicols. The movie is typical of its time and type and there is simply nothing to complain about at all - however minor. Okay! like other biopics the story line is a little bit questionable (even Red himself might have said "did I do this?" , "Did I do that?" ) But he would not have found the movie disagreeable. There is a certain poignancy through the story of Red's life, especially with the serious illness of his daughter and the abandonment of his musical career during the second world war. Happily these incidents evolve satisfactorily and won't leave you reaching for the tissues. Just a bit of moistness around the eyes maybe! Nice to see Barbara Bel Geddes (long before her Dallas days) playing Red's wife, and a youthful Tuesday Weld as his daughter (for the teenager scenes.) The music is terrific, and theres a generous amount of it too. Super to see Louis Armstrong, Bob Crosby and Ray Anthony making their contribution and other famous musical figures of the period being depicted; Glenn Miller, the Dorsey brothers and so on. Red plays his own numbers during the film and Danny Kaye does an excellent job of simulated trumpet playing. The movie is a bit schmaltzy in places but these sort of films usually are. It won't spoil your enjoyment though - and enjoy it you will !