Undeniably adorable ingenue/singer Jane Powell flaunts her teenage stuff supported by Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Stack, Scott(y) Beckett, Wallace Beery, and Xavior Cugat in this thin on plot cinema outing. My best thought on the reason this movie was made was because MGM had all this talent under contract and wanted to utilize it. Powell was hitting it big with audiences, Taylor was transitioning from teen to voluptuous ingenue, Robert Stack was back on the home front, and the audiences were clamoring for light hearted fare. Admittedly, I probably shouldn't be a sap for this film but I am. Powell's singing is infectious, Taylor segues from pretty to va voom, Cugat injects lounge lizard heat in his performances, and perenially grouchy Beery gives a nice performance as the cranky and misunderstood father who inadvertently lets his kids think he has more than learning how to dance to please his wife on his mind. The end result is a chaste comedy of errors that is a perfect post WWII...
A Date With Judy was one of those classic musicals that MGM was turning out seemingly effortlessly in the 40's and early 50's. In this case it was a smaller musical aimed at a young audience and not one of their mega-productions like Meet Me In St. Louis. Still, with all the skill and talent available at MGM they made a musical that was a notch above the usual.
Based on a radio show that had been popular since the early 40's, this starred Jane Powell, a young singer who was getting very big in films and recordings and who would soon be so popular with high school girls that she would even have a "Dear Jane " advice column aimed at them. The role of Judy Foster was simply made for her. The rest of the cast is full of surprises with enough disparate elements that it's a wonder it all held together.
For one thing, musicals aimed at the youth audience were usually swing musicals and needed a big band. This was especially true because Jane Powell had an...
S.Frye 11/24/15 This is a wonderful movie and the stars I love. I went to see this movie when I was 10 yrs old for 5 cents....back then that's what it cost to see a movie on Saturday morning.... I love Musical dancing, singing and this movie was a lot of fun for a 10 yr old child.
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