Starts as a backstage musical, turns into a sophisticated (and hilarious) gold digger comedy, then hits you in the face with a devastating final plea to remember the Forgotten Man. Aline MacMahon walks off with this movie...a classic performance. Add this to my "movies for a desert isle" list.
Berkeley knocks it out of the park with inventive, borderline psychedelic, musical sequences. The rest of the film is a brilliant analysis of the role of entertainment during the Depression. Socially conscious, genuinely funny and terrific performances all around (especially Rogers). I would argue this is the best musical Hollywood ever produced.