A predictable musical gives viewers the opportunity to see Rita Hayworth dance.
This could be the plot of almost any movie starring Fred Astaire. Robert Custis (Astaire) is the choreographer and star of a Broadway musical. Sheila Winthrop (Hayworth) is a dancer in the chorus. Martin Cortland (Robert Benchley), the show’s wealthy producer, is a philanderer and currently has his eye on Sheila. He buys her an engraved diamond bracelet, which she, being a good girl, refuses. The bracelet is discovered by his wife who threatens to divorce him so he makes Robert pretend that it was a gift from Robert to Sheila. In the course of this drama, Robert discovers he is in love with her himself.
The Peacetime Draft catches up with Robert. Sheila shows up at base to visit her sometime boyfriend who is an Army Captain. Robert does various things to capture Sheila’s heart, all of which lead to misunderstandings and land Robert in the guard house — that is until Cortland decides to put on a show on base.
This is OK but the script lacks the sparkle that animates Astaire’s best work. Hayworth started out as a dancer in vaudeville and does a fair job in keeping up with Astaire in their numbers together.
Cole Porter was nominated for an Academy Award for his original song “Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye” and Morris Stoloff was nominated for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture.
The Four Tones sing “Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye” while Astaire taps
Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth tap dance at a rehearsal