MOON OVER MIAMI was the second of three times around for this story. It was first done as THREE BLIND MICE in 1938, then remade in 1946 as THREE LITTLE GIRLS IN BLUE. A tuneful pastiche, it tells the tale of Grable and Landis, two Texas sisters who give up their lives in the Lone Star
state (where Grable is working as a waitress in a hamburger stand) and take off for Florida with their high-kicking aunt, Greenwood, after a small legacy is bestowed on them. Their intention is to find a brace of wealthy husbands in the balmy Florida air. They take up residence in a swank hotel
with Grable posing as a filthy-rich bachelorette, Greenwood as her aged retainer, and Landis playing the role of Grable's traveling companion-secretary. It isn't long before rich Cummings and once-rich Ameche arrive and start romancing Grable. She gets Cummings, but soon realizes that the object
of her deep affections is really Ameche, although he's more than miffed when he learns that she is only out for money. Eventually, Cummings falls for Landis (phew--glad that complication is out of the way), thus clearing the path of Ameche and Grable. Along the road, there's a host of specialty
numbers, including some good tap dancing from the Condos Brothers. Although the famous song "Moon Over Miami" is played over the titles (Edgar Leslie, Joe Burke), the lyrics are never heard. The other tunes are all penned by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin. They include: "I've Got You All to Myself,"
"What Can I Do for You?" "Kindergarten Conga," "You Started Something," "Oh Me Oh Mi-Am-Mi," "Solitary Seminole," "Is That Good?" and "Loveliness and Love." Nice location shots in Cypress Gardens and Silver Springs go along with the filming in Miami, which seems unbelievably tiny by comparison to
what it looks like today. The comedy is provided by Greenwood and Haley as the slightly older folks. Excellent choreography by Hermes Pan and quick direction by Lang make this a pleasant way to spend 91 minutes.
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- Review: MOON OVER MIAMI was the second of three times around for this story. It was first done as THREE BLIND MICE in 1938, then remade in 1946 as THREE LITTLE GIRLS IN BLUE. A tuneful pastiche, it tells the tale of Grable and Landis, two Texas sisters who give up… (more)