Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1941. James Roosevelt Productions. Story by Andrew Bennison, Monte Brice, Harry Tugend, Screenplay by Walter DeLeon, based on the idea originally conceived by Haydn Roth Evans, Robert Brilmayer. Cinematography by Hal Mohr. Produced by George Marshall, James Roosevelt. Music by Louis Forbes. Production Design by Hans Peters. Costume Design by Helen Taylor. Film Editing by Lloyd Nosler.
James Stewart runs his late father’s music shop but has his late father’s heart and, as a result, his business prospects eventually fail. His heartless capitalist uncle (Charles Winninger) wants him to come work with him at his factory, where he has problems with the neighbours who play their swing music on the roof of the building next to him and drive his music-hating brain crazy. Stewart meets and falls in love with a young woman (an irresistible Paulette Goddard) who is opposed to his uncle, which means he has to fight on her side while also not alienating his own family or let her know that he’s related to the bad guy in a charming little musical that is highly contrived but equally enjoyable. Silly as the plot is (the kind of class-based foolishness that seems to be left over from the Depression years), the musical numbers are quite accomplished and many of the songs memorable.