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PostThu Mar 29, 2018 6:12 am

This Doris Day musical is full of good songs and even has Day as a floating head a la Winifred Shaw in Gold Diggers of 1935 singing the title song. Warners mines many of its old films for music that gives Day and Gene Nelson plenty of opportunities to sing and dance. What struck me was that the basic plot was totally lifted from Lady for a Day (1933) but told from the daughter's point of view. Day returns from Europe to visit her mother. She thinks Ma is a big star but hasn't seen her in 20 years. Ma (Gladys George) is of course a drunkard and croaking out songs in a dive called the The 3 O'Clock Club. Day apparently has never looked at a Variety in all those years. to know that Ma hasn't been a star in decades. Admittedly Ma is sidelined into a subplot while Day gets romanced by Nelson and has cutesy scenes with S.Z. Sakall, but it seems too close to the 1933 film, which was not a Warners film.
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