27 March 2015 | moonspinner55
"Why don't we crawl out of this swamp of nostalgia?"
Expansion of Robert Alan Aurthur's "Goodyear Playhouse" TV drama from 1954 has unmarried Betty Hutton (in her final film) returning to her alma mater, Carson High School, for her 15-year class reunion. Turgid, corny second-feature, produced by Bryna, Kirk Douglas' company, takes the stance that 33-year-olds are over-the-hill (milking it for laughs, such as with the football star's aching back). Hutton (still single because no man has ever measured up--or is it she who hasn't measured up?) isn't allowed to have any fun; she has to scheme to spike the punch, and breaks a date with handsome Dana Andrews to hurry off to the beauty parlor. Viewers nostalgic for the era (1957, not 1941 when the cast supposedly graduated) might get some stray laughs out of it, but the picture is a musty underachiever. Hutton gives a plastic, let-me-out-of-here performance. *1/2 from ****