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|GIRL MOST LIKELY, THE (director: Mitchell Leisen; screenwriters: Devery Freeman/based on an uncredited story and screenplay by Paul Jarrico; cinematographer: Robert H. Planck; editors: Harry Marker/Doane Harrison; music: Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane; cast: Jane Powell (Dodie), Cliff Robertson (Pete), Keith Andes (Neil), Kaye Ballard (Marge), Tommy Noonan (Buzz), Kelly Brown (Sam), Una Merkel (Mom), Frank Cady (Pop), Judy Nugent (Pauline), Joseph Kearns (Mr. Schlom, Bank Boss); Runtime: 98; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Stanley Rubin; RKO; 1958)|
cheerful, lightweight musical version of Tom, Dick
and Harry (1941)."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Mitchell Leisen's ("Easy Living"/"Lady In The
The Night") last
feature film is
lightweight musical version of Tom, Dick and Harry
(1941), which the talented filmmaker does a credible
job with such an
often-packaged script. It's based on an uncredited
and screenplay by Paul Jarrico, with Devery Freeman
gifted Gower Champion, before he became
a Broadway legend, is the choreographer,
dreamy numbers in the film--set on a
beach and in the border town of Tijuana, Mexico--were
Champion took a
dislike to star Jane Powell and quit the film. This was Powell's last
starring role in a film, although she continued to
work onstage and in
bevy of fair
but not memorable songs include "Beach
Don't Know What I
Want," "We Gotta Keep Up with the Joneses," "Balboa,"
"All the Colors of the Rainbow" and the title song.
It was shot at the
abandoned RKO studio, which had just been sold for its
was the last RKO Radio
at the studio's Hollywood facilities, which relocated as
Desilu moved in.
Dodie (Jane Powell) is
bank clerk from Balboa Bay, California, who lives at home with her
Merkel & Frank Cady) and teenage sister Pauline
(Judy Nugent). The dreamer Dodie yearns for a millionaire.
She soon finds
choose from among the
three following eligible suitors to wed: the
unambitious but charming
boat mechanic Pete (Cliff
Robertson), the wealthy playboy Neil (Keith
Andes), or the
stable, ambitious but dull real estate salesman Buzz (Tommy Noonan).
Not certain of who to chose, Dodie in a short time
from all three.
When Dodie's longtime
boyfriend Buzz proposes after he gets a promotion, she
though she doesn't love him. At the bank the next day
she tells this to
her girlfriend Marge (Kaye
the way home by
ferry, Dodie's attracted to the millionaire Neil Patterson,
passes by in his yacht. To attract his
attention, she jumps off the ferry and is rescued by
him. When he asks
her out, Dodie accepts. When he picks her up that
evening, it turns out
that he's Neil's mechanic Pete. They double-date with
Marge and her
sailor date Sam Kelsey (Kelly
and though Dodie was at first disturbed over the
mix-up now finds Pete
attractive. When they kiss goodnight, she glows and
accepts the smitten
guy's marriage proposal. Dodie meets Neil the
following night, when a
mix-up occurs at Buzz's real estate office and Dodie
and Pete walk home
together along the beach and Pete spots a drunken
Neil paddling in the
water in panic. Pete runs off to get help. While
he's gone, Neil scores
a date with the comforting Dodie for the following
evening on his
yacht. When she resists his advances and threatens
to jump overboard,
Neil takes her to Tijuana.
They run into Marge and Sam
there, and go club
dancing all night. Neil
takes the drunken Dodie home at
four a.m. by cab
after she accepts his proposal, and they find Pete
and Buzz at her
doorstep. After putting her to bed, the trio return
in the morning to
see which suitor the now sober 'say yes to everyone'
REVIEWED ON 5/6/2010 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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