'Oh my God! There she is' screams Ignatius Reilly, the film buff who loves to fan his pet hates in John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces. She, of course, is Doris Day, here involved in the direst of circus plots ('What degenerate produced this abortion?' asks the indignant Reilly; answer, Hecht and McArthur). A former choreographer and a fine hand at musicals (Good News, Easter Parade, Summer Stock), Walters almost makes up for the three-ring vulgarities with some beautifully staged Rodgers and Hart numbers, although the best of them (the opening sequence) clearly reveals the hand of Busby Berkeley, credited as second unit director.
Billy Rose's Jumbo
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