Directed by: Sidney Lanfield
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Produced by: Samuel Bischoff
Written by: Michael Fessier and Ernest Pagano
Choreographed by: Robert Alton
Cinematography: Phillip Tannura
Words and Music by: Cole Porter
Production Company: Columbia
Premiere: New York, October 23, 1941Synopsis (from VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever 2001): A Broadway dance director is drafted into the army, where his romantic troubles cause him to wind up in the guardhouse more than once. He of course gets the girl. Exquisitely funny. (3 out of 4)
This movie made Rita Hayworth a star, and it's not hard to see why. She looks incredible, and she dances with Fred Astaire. But the movie itself I didn't like. Very little chemistry between Fred and Rita, and th eplot moves from good to bad and believable to unbelievable. This is another movie which is resolved in an abrupt, unreal fashion (ala Swing Time)- after 90 minutes of Benchley being an underhanded cad, he turns noble. After 90 minutes of being cynical and skeptical, Hayworth takes him for his word!
Believability issues aside, Hayworth is just too aloof. She appears superior to her surroundings, viewing everything in haughty amusement- in fact "We are not amused," would not sound foreign from her lips. There's no passion, no warmth, not even in her falling in love. I think one reason why "You Were Never Lovelier" worked so much better was that they made fun of this trait onscreen.
Despite this, it is rather entertaining. Fred's revival begins with this movie, and the post-Ginger low in over. Fred's acting also is much improved. His close-ups are more believable and he delivers his lines with more conviction.
The final word:
|Dancing value: 7/10|
Acting value: 7/10
Entertainment value: 7.5/10
Overall Ranking: 22/31
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