29 June 2011 | boblipton
Crazy like a a Fox
When I was a kid, I LOVE LUCY was the big comedy on TV, but in my household we watched I MARRIED JOAN, starring Joan Davis. Lucy was a beautiful woman who occasionally went crazy, particularly when things fell apart. Joan Davis was crazy from the beginning and much funnier from start to finish. Besides, I had relatives like her.
Columbia came out with this girl's musical co-starring Joan and Jane Frazee, who had just gone through a phase as Universal's teen-aged songbird when Deanna Durbin went adult. It's towards the end of the war, so all the bands have gone to war, as has Joan's, leaving her to book the acts. So she promotes some girl bands.
There are some excellent numbers, including a fine rendition of "Shoo-Shoo Baby", and it's all big-band boogie-woogie. Lively, tuneful and funny, it's a perfect artifact of its period.