Now now, who would have the idea to see such a film nowadays? A 20th Century Fox musical of the early 60's starring Pat Boone. In color. Just me I suppose because my mother-in-law gave me the DVD last Christmas. No, I'm just kidding. If you're a fan of Ann-Margret, you should see this one, she's the only character alive here. And, thank God, she finally won't fit in the Frake family. Already forgotten.
There's a sourness in tone here which leaves the characters seeming more than a little shallow in the end, save for Ann-Margaret's Emily. Everyone is playing their roles straight, so the suggestion is the festivities are for show, not really believed in even as a kind of nostalgic ideal as might be said of the 45 version. .That's the 60's for ya; so bitter over lost ideals even celebrating a prize pig is suspect.