22 April 2017 | drednm
Dorothy Lamour Steals the Show
Silly plot about a trio (Johnny Downs, Eleanore Whitney, and Judy Canova) trying to get into a show at a summer resort camp where the Yacht Club Boys are posing as the theatrical producers Wattle, Wattle, Wattle, and Wattle. Of course the big summer event is a show and everyone gets a chance to shine.
Camp is run by a rather glum Leif Erickson who does not believe in real romance so he manufactures it for summer guests via employees like Betty Grable and Buster Crabbe who schmooze the guests. But romance is everywhere. Who will end up with whom? Lots of comedy here especially once Canova meets up with Ben Blue. They have a bubble dance number that is very funny and very well done. Grable gets to sing and dance to "Sweetheart Time" with Erickson, and the Yacht Club Boys sing two rousing and clever numbers. Downs and Whitney finally get a novelty dance number toward the end (along with a doll and Tommy Wonder). Canova gets a spot of her own (along with Anne Canova and Zeke Canova) and is very funny with her hillbilly yodeling act.
Dorothy Lamour, dripping in satin glamour, shows up as a guest star and sings "Thrill of a Lifetime" and steals the show. She's spectacular and is filmed in loving close-up. Wow! Others in the cast include Franklin Pangborn as the real Wattle, June Schafer as his secretary, and Marjorie Reynolds is one of the chorus girls.
Oh yes, and the Yacht Club Boys were James Kern, Billy Mann, George Kelly, and Charles Adler.