Robert's trousers!.......Durbin doesn't quite possess the depth or maturity to tackle this role; Gene Kelly appears as if he's just waiting to dance. Directorally, I don't think Siodmak had hit his Hollywood stride just yet. His subequent films showed a lot more creative flash and stylistic flair that made them exciting to watch. Of course, he had better casts to work with..worth a viewing if you're a noir junkie.
Two otherwise lighthearted stars...Kelly and Durbin...in the screen's most depressing noir. Both are excellent, though the movie has a sleepwalking pace. There is no other film quite like it, and I can think of none that ever conveyed how dour the holiday times were in WWII America.