Now With More Than 3600 Reviews! Go Nuts - Read 'Em All!!

WELCOME! Use the search engines on this site (or your own off-site engine of choice) to gain easy access to the complete MAKSQUIBS Archive; over 3600 posts and counting. (New posts added every day or so.)

You can check on all our titles by typing the Title, Director, Actor or 'Keyword' of your choice in the Search Engine of your choice (include the phrase MAKSQUIBS) or just use the BLOGGER Search Box at the top left corner of the page.

Feel free to place comments directly on any of the film posts and to test your film knowledge with the CONTESTS scattered here & there. (Hey! No Googling allowed. They're pretty easy.)

Send E-mails to . (Let us know if the TRANSLATE WIDGET works!) Or use the Profile Page or Comments link for contact.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, May 24, 2008


You can probably blame this tepid adaptation for burying interest in Irving Berlin ’s swingin’ satiric musical. (Even his daughter was surprised at its strength after seeing a ‘90s concert revival.) With three of its B’way leads (Victor Moore, Vera Zorina & Irene Bordini) joining Bob Hope in a big Technicolor production, surely someone at Paramount had something more faithful in mind then the usual Hollywood mangling. Alas, with a bare quarter of the score retained, it’s simply a bigger, slower vehicle for the fast rising Hope. There should be plenty of juice in its lighthearted look at political corruption, but only a couple of scenes toward the end (Bob pantomimes putting on a girdle, Bob filibusters) have any life to them.

No comments: