They have fun on their date and Pete proposes and Dodie accepts. Filming took place from early September to early November 1956; additional scenes were shot the week of 8 Jan 1957. Then he went to Hollywood where he did chorus work in The Pajama Game, West Side Story under his original name, and The Girl Most Likely. One of the film's pleasures is seeing Orange County on the screen. Next Keith Andes takes her fancy. She loses interest in Tommy and then she meets Keith.
Shortly after she meets Pete Robertson , who she believes is a millionaire but is only a mechanic. I stayed for some time in Balboa when I was young and I remember enjoying being in a house by the water and walking to some terrific movies at a wonderful theatre there I don't remember if it was that same one--this was in 1955. The little girl is having to fend for itself. Now she has to choose. Although the film was shot in Technicolor, the film's strong green and coral design palette, used for both sets and costumes, gives the film a bit of a Cinecolor look, although being Technicolor it looks far better than most Cinecolor films! And maybe, just maybe, he is smiling because he is going to make sure she never gets to land. Dodie sees a man get off a yacht and when he rides a small boat across the bay she impulsively dives off the Balboa ferry to meet him. They go to Mexico on his yacht and have fun on their date.
She plays the daughter of Frank Cady and Una Merkel two of the best. And she accepts at different times proposals of marriage from three different guys, go getting real estate salesman Tommy Noonan, Bohemian auto mechanic Cliff Robertson, and her millionaire boss Keith Andes whom she really set her cap for. Her best friend is played by Kaye Ballard. I still just love her, she is so likable. He proposes and Dodie accepts. It's just a shame he, like many others, were never allowed to show the full power of their talent in the entertainment field! The next day, Dodie jumps off a ferry and into the arms of working-class Pete Cliff Robertson , mistaking him for local millionaire Neil Patterson Jr. Buzz, her boyfriend, however is not rich as he is a salesman for a housing development.
Los Angeles Times 4 Feb 1958: A7. They go to Mexico on his yacht and have fun on their date. Over a space of three days, she inadvertently becomes engaged to three different men, and doesn't seem to have any qualms with the situation. It's a delightful, happy movie to curl up to and enjoy. Her real-estate boyfriend Buzz Noonan proposes after he gets a raise, and she uncertainly accepts. An example of this is the fact that Powell was 29 at the time of the filming and looks it. The Gauer Champion choreography is its usual greatness.
Cliff really looks in his prime here as well. I've looked everywhere to try to find a copy of the movie and I can' t find it. The character, Dodie, was someone in her 20's and so was the actress when she portrayed this role. From here, Champion went to Broadway and became a legend. Los Angeles Times 26 Dec 1956: C7. It's the last theatrical film directed by Mitchell Leisen who was then near the end of his distinguished career directing a variety of films.
It was also the final film directed by Leisen. What's a girl to do? Naturally, I love movies set there of which there are too few. Your have a great cast! She even leaps into the water and swims out to meet him. Now she has to choose. Brown was only 52 when he passed on in 1981. But, after she meets the real Neil Keith Andes , she has three marriage offers to juggle. It's not a very good movie to end a brilliant career with, but it's entertaining, and the history of the cast should be mentioned: First we have Jane Powell who started out in movies as a child performer and made it to big time which is something that most child actors and actress' couldn't do.
What a talent he was. Very few made it such as Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds both born of April Fools Day, Natalie Wood, just to mention a few. Asking time to sleep on a decision, Dodie tells them the next morning that she has made her choice: Neil. This is an odd, but charming, little film. They want her to take her time.
She thinks she wants to marry a rich man, but she only thinks it's a dream. And, finally, she meets an actual millionaire and accepts his offer to marry him. The plot does not say that she had not been to college, it simply was not mentioned. She just somehow found herself cheating on three men at once. Incidentally, Balboa Island was also the setting for the film noir 1949 nearly a decade earlier.
No one is offended by her. Songwriters Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane wrote the five songs that Powell and company sing; the Hi-Lo's sing the Bob Russell-Nelson Riddle title song. It isn't long before Pete is smitten and proposes. Upon discovering her infidelity, the men patiently wait for her to choose her favorite among them. Neil is the rich suitor she's been dreaming about, one who even buys a taxi rather than just hailing a ride from one. She ends up with Cliff.