An amiable adaptation of the successful Broadway musical of the same name which had been ballyhooed into a hit by producer Mike Todd. After a run of 504 performances, the studio wouldn't leave well enough alone and removed much of the tuneful Romberg score in favor of an attempt at a
story. Big mistake. The paper-thin plot had Haymes, a New York Times reporter, teaming up with Durbin, a beauteous Irish immigrant (who was oddly devoid of any Irish accent), to expose the infamous Boss Tweed (Price) for the political scalliwag he was. Durbin, as the lively but naive daughter of
park superintendent Sharpe, did what she could to buoy matters in this, her penultimate movie. Nothing much helped and the story fell flat. The only two songs from the original play score were "When She Walks in the Room" (Sigmund Romberg, Dorothy Fields, sung by Haymes) and "Carousel in the Park"
(Romberg, Fields, sung by Durbin and Haymes). Romberg and Fields wrote a new song, "Oh, Say Do You See What I See?" (sung by Durbin), but their hit "Close as Pages in a Book" is only used in the background. Durbin also gets the chance to sing "Pace, Pace, Mio Dio" from Verdi's "La Forza Del
Destino." The movie might have looked better in color, especially the skating ballet, which was designed to look like a print from Currier and Ives and was a direct lift from the stage show. Durbin was gaining weight by this time and would make only FOR THE LOVE OF MARY, later in 1948, before
hanging up her arias at the age of 27 and retiring to France with her wealthy third husband, Charles David.
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- Review: An amiable adaptation of the successful Broadway musical of the same name which had been ballyhooed into a hit by producer Mike Todd. After a run of 504 performances, the studio wouldn't leave well enough alone and removed much of the tuneful Romberg score… (more)