Another case of a musical where the soundtrack is better than the movie.
I thought the movie was a hoot. I saw it at the drive in in 1967, the other movie was You Only Live Twice, James Bond.
As Pauline Kael said in The New Yorker at the time (1967), it would have been twice as good at half the length. With a running time of 2:45, there’s so much cutting that could have been done. For example, the Jewish wedding: what did that have to do with anything else in the film? I was — and still am — a huge fan of Beatrice Lillie, though, and she was a hoot. It was only later that I learned that she was in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s and that she had a terrible time with her lines. So sad.
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