Run time: 106 mins
All ages must come and see this first ‘pop-promo-video’ on the big screen.
Just to see how old (a proper age) you had to be to be a Film Star. And just how really cool you had to be to do song and dance routines LIVE to camera. Even though Frank can’t dance and wouldn’t do more than one take. His stubbornness makes the routines immediate, unpolished and more precious to witness, than a hundred rehearsals.
A musical remake of the screwball comedy The Philadelphia Story, starring Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart; made ten or so years earlier. Think Louis Armstrong, think 1940/50’s innocence. Think Grace Kelly and her beauty still unmatched.
Think Frank and Bing. Think of a life so far outside our own. Pure glorious Hollywood fantasy, where style is all and men’s voluminous trousers covered their bottoms! Bing as the romantic lead is hard to swallow but he’s cool and croons. Frank is skinny and naïve. He has a couple of the best Hollywood duets ever. One classic, A Swell Party… with Bing, sees him shuffling cheekily around a stiff Bing. Frank’s other iconic one-take duet: Who wants to be a Millionaire is with the fabulous Celeste Holm (who has all the best lines). Well, did you ever? What a swell party this is to herald another brave New Year. Don’t miss.