Milwaukee-born Don Weis began as a director of light-hearted, often youth-oriented entertainments. After graduating in film studies from the University of Southern California in 1942, he got his first job as an errand boy at Warner Brothers. He saw wartime service as a film technician with the U.S. Army Air Corps, based at Culver City. After the war, he resumed his apprenticeship with Enterprise Productions as a dialogue director and assistant on several pictures produced by Stanley Kramer. In 1951, he was signed by Dore Schary to a two-year contract at MGM, making his directorial feature debut with the newspaper expose Bannerline (1951). This was followed by a string of light comedies and musicals of widely varying quality.
Among the best of the bunch was the cheerful George Wells scripted and produced musical I Love Melvin (1953), (starring Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor), highlighted by several exuberant dance routines and an engaging dream sequence in which Debbie sings… read more
It has some of the least diegetic musical numbers I've ever seen, with nonsensical lyrics. The film feels like a strange piece of pop art with random recognizable elements being incorporated into the numbers seeming for the sake of doing it (ie Fred Astaire clones). I'd say this one deserves an audience, even if its on the basis of watching it stoned, it feels like what Hoberman called 'Vulgar Modernism' Must see.
This movie is hard not to like even if the plot seems like it was scribbled on the back of a napkin by a 5 year old