A great trivia question would be, "In what film did Ronald Reagan, his newly divorced first-wife Jane Wyman and their daughter, Maureen, all appear?" The answer would be Warner Brother's 1949 musical, "It's a Great Feeling". The Reagans make guest appearances along with many other Warners stars including Edward G. Robinson, Patricia Neal, Sydney Greenstreet, a hilarious turn by Joan Crawford satirizing, perfectly, her on-screen image, and a great curtain closer by Errol Flynn.
The stars of the film are Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson, and in her 3rd film, Doris Day. In her first two films Day had seemed, at times, to be in part cut from a Betty Hutton mold. In "Feeling" she really begins to exude the charm, warmth, and vivacity that made her a superstar for many decades.
She's a waitress in the Warners commissary looking for a big break. Carson is directing the new Dennis Morgan film and cannot find any leading lady who wants to work under Carson. Enter our gal Doris.
The storyline is predictable all the way but the cast is so likeable and seem to be having such a good time that the audience cannot help but get caught up in the merriment.
While the songs by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne are nowehere near the best they've written, they're all listenable and one, "Blame My Absent Minded Heart" is a gem. It's first sung by Day and Morgan while listening to a Wagner performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Day later reprises it, movingly, and while the title tune was nominated for an Oscar as best Song, "Heart" is the song that should have received that honor.
Jack Carson can tend to annoy at times but in this film is less irksome. Morgan has a fine voice and vocalizes effectively. Doris Day is a charmer, all wide-eyed and real, and when she sings you understand why "It's a Great Feeling" leaves you with your own great feeling!!