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Saturday, May 24, 2008

LULLABY OF BROADWAY (1951)

Typically slipshod/dopey Doris Day musical uses Frank Capra ’s LADY FOR A DAY as template to get things going, but drops the idea until the very end of the pic. Just back from Europe, Day doesn’t know her Mom’s become a lush. She stays at what she thinks is the family manse as the staff & owners are all in on the fix. (The real owner, S. Z. Sakall, & the butler, Billy DeWolfe, are B’way producer & performer, respectively.) Day gets a spot in Sakall’s latest with hoofer Gene Nelson who she met-cute on the boat trip home and Mom shows up at last to cheer her gal. Nelson, who gets stupendous height in his jumps and has a nifty tap routine shared with Day & a glass door, is a far more appropriate sexual match than Day usually got in her Warner musicals and that helps carry the plot along, but the pickin’s are slim. Fabu Technicolor restoration, though.

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