3.5 stars. After "Calamity Jane" and "The Man Who Knew Too Much," this is Doris Day's most engaging performance. She is energized by the score and the cast and her leading man. John Raitt is not much of an actor but he is a fine singer and a hunk. Her reactions are down to earth and fully felt. You like her. It doesn't hurt that Stanley Donen was co-director.
Fun Doris Day vehicle adapted from the Broadway musical directed by Stanley Donen with choreography by Bob Fosse. Dated certainly with a few groan inducing scenes but lighthearted for sure. Factory work; union meetings; picnics : all when wearing high heels. Song score not the most memorable save the wonderful 'Hernando's Hideaway'.
Falls into the same trap a lot of old musicals do in that the song and dance numbers are fun, but the plot behind them is virtually non-existent. Worse than that are the two lead characters, who I found unlikeable. The romance had no chemistry and felt extremely forced. It does get better as it goes along and more characters come into play. Really enjoyed some of the musical numbers, but overall a resounding "meh."