Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. United Kingdom, 1951. Associated British Picture Corporation, Marcel Hellman Productions. Screenplay by Val Guest, based on a film story by Friedrich Dammann, Herbert Rosenfeld. Cinematography by Erwin Hillier. Produced by Marcel Hellman. Music by Mischa Spoliansky. Production Design by John Howell. Costume Design by Anna Duse. Film Editing by Bert Bates.
Minor British musical produced in the American studio vein. It begins at the Edinburgh Festival (shot on location) with shyster producer Cesar Romero trying to keep his investors at bay and get his dinky production onto a stage. When a misunderstanding over a returned handbag leads to the false idea that one of his chorus girls (Vera-Ellen) is the mistress of a local millionaire (David Niven), Romero makes her the star of his production and uses that fact to please the suits. When Niven shows up to clear up the mistake with the young lady, he immediately falls in love with her and allows her to think that he is just a lowly newspaper reporter posing as a wealthy man. It’s a charming distraction with all of its members fully committed, particularly an adorable Diane Hart as Vera-Ellen’s best friend, with nothing particularly painful or remarkable to it, including the musical numbers which pass muster but don’t redefine the art.