Walking My Baby Back Home

  • 1953
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Musical

This disappointing musical stars Donald O'Connor as Jigger Millard, a well-to-do ex-GI who uses his inheritance to form a band made up of pals from the service. After this venture fails, Jigger takes a job in a minstrel show run by the uncle of Chris Hall (Janet Leigh). Soon that show goes into bankruptcy as well, so Jigger comes up with an idea only scriptwriters...read more

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This disappointing musical stars Donald O'Connor as Jigger Millard, a well-to-do ex-GI who uses his inheritance to form a band made up of pals from the service. After this venture fails, Jigger takes a job in a minstrel show run by the uncle of Chris Hall (Janet Leigh). Soon that show goes

into bankruptcy as well, so Jigger comes up with an idea only scriptwriters could make work: giving Dixieland music symphonic treatment (leading to such "classic" numbers as "Liebestraum Jumps"). In a flash, he's on top of the music world with the girl of his dreams at his side. In concept and

execution, the movie suffers from lackluster production numbers and bland direction. O'Connor dances, sings, mugs, and does everything asked of him; Buddy Hackett makes his film debut and does his racially stereotyped Chinese waiter bit (a routine that had won him fame on TV and is reprised here).

Songs from a raft of writers include "Man's Gotta Eat" (Scatman Crothers, F.E. Miller, sung by Crothers), "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" (Roy Turk, Fred Ahlert, Sr., sung by O'Connor), "Glow Worm" (Johnny Mercer, Paul Lincke), "Honeysuckle Rose" (Andy Razaf, Thomas "Fats" Waller), "South Rampart

Street Parade" (Ray Bauduc, Bob Haggart, Steve Allen), "Muskrat Ramble" (Ray Gilbert, Kid Ory), "De Camptown Races" (Stephen Foster), as well as "Liebestraum" (arranged by Shorty Rogers), "Hi Lee, Hi Low," and "Largo Al Factotum Della Citta." Paula Kelly sings with the Modernaires in addition to

dubbing Leigh.

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