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on 4 August 2010
This is the last of the lavishly produced 20th Century Fox Technicolor musicals to star Carmen Miranda in which she is properly showcased with terrific costumes and a really prominent role. She is top billed for the first time playing Princess Cherida, a nightclub singer and entertainer, although the principal character is actually Don Ameche as Kenneth Harvey, a Kansas musician arrived in New York hoping to get his concerto played by a famous conductor Kovosky (obviously modelled on Leopold Stokowski) but falling in with some show business types who want to use his music in their show, and of course he falls for the leading lady (Vivian Blaine)... The story is a bit of a drag with definite longueurs, but overall the film is colourful and entertaining enough to compensate. Most of the action is set in the nightclub/speakeasy run by William Bendix, and features various speciality acts including Tony & Sally de Marco. The Revuers (Comden & Green and Judy Holliday)are billed but their act didn't make it into the final print. Carmen has three numbers, "I'm Just Wild about Harry" in candy stripes, "I Love to be Loved by You", and "A Band and a Bandanna" which she delivers with her accustomed unique energy and brilliance, and which alone make the movie worthwhile. Felix Bressart (memorable in "Ninotchka") has a small supporting role.
Unfortunately the film was not the expected box-office bonanza for Fox, possibly due to the absence of either Alice Faye or Betty Grable who had been on hand in Carmen's previous movies, so the budget for her next movie "Something for the Boys" was cut drastically and she was then shunted into two B/W programmers to finish her contract - a great waste.
If you like Fox musicals you should love this.
Only extras, an extensive stills gallery.
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