Circuitously derived from the tale of the rape of the Sabine women, this rather archly symmetrical movie musical is best seen as a dance-fest, with Michael Kidd's acrobatic, pas d'action choreography well complemented by ex-choreographer Donen's camera. Gene De Paul and Johnny Mercer's score is cosy ('Spring, Spring, Spring' and all that), and Keel, avoiding even the odd faked toe-step, is at his least expressive, but it's vigorous and colourful if you can watch the Anscocolor process which also marred Brigadoon. The bearded Matt Mattox went on to become something of a legend for his jazz classes at London's Dance Centre.
Cast and crew
Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Dorothy Kingsley
Tommy Rall Julie Newmar Marc Platt Russ Tamblyn Jane Powell Jeff Richards Howard Keel Jacques D'Amboise Matt Mattox Virginia Gibson