I'm glad people are starting to re-evalutate Bogdanovich's "flops" from the mid/late 1970s. I thought this film, Nickelodeon, and Saint Jack were great! I'm finding the same to be true of a lot of Friedkin's dismissed work, as well. And you know what, I thought Elain May's "Ishtar" wasn't bad either!
Almost violently maligned in 1975, this is certainly not as bad as its reputation leads one to believe...B.Reynolds & C.Shepherd are hopelessly miscast, but M.Kahn, J. Hillerman and E. Brennan make this a very entertaining film...with great cinematography by the one & only László Kovács
This film with its long takes, builds a strange sense of reality, here singing and dancing are aspects of a powerful dramatic structure; And visually speaking, it is a beautiful work with the color of white, a color that is most seen on this film, on clothes and also on the walls.
I really wanted to like this, hoping it would turn out to be some neglected gem. Was I disappointed! If this kind of splashy Hollywood musical hadn't been dead by 1975, this surely would have killed it off for good. Filled with clumsy comedy, creaky production numbers, and bad singing; all the more appalling compared to delightful films like "Top Hat." Even Madeline Kahn, a bona-fide musical performer, can't save it.
The TV cut that I found was honestly not horrible, even a good film, very much to Fred Astaire what "What's Up, Doc" was to Hawks comedies. Don't see why it earned the lashing, though maybe the most embarrassing moments were deleted.