This film cannot be separated from its history. It was filmed several years before it was finally released, and originally titled "The Light Fantastic." The reason for the delay was the sad fact that, coming from his big hits in the two films on Al Jolson, soon after this film was completed, its star, Larry Parks, was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee and was blacklisted. He never made another film, but became a businessman.
Elizabeth Taylor is touted as leaving teenage-hood behind and becoming a romantic ingenue in this movie, despite the fact that she filed for her first divorce (from Nicky Hilton) during the filming.
As for the film itself, Parks plays an almost Runyanesque Broadway character, a theatrical agent whose greatest thrill in life is hanging out at a Broadway saloon with his buddies. Enters a chance meeting with a Connecticut dance instructor (Taylor), never been kissed yet sure this is the one she wants to spend her life with, and the film is off with tricks galore by Taylor and her ally, her father (played admirably by Tom Tully), to snatch the desired husband.
This is light, and this is froth. The children of the dancing school are fun, and the film moves rapidly. It is also an early directorial task by the revered director, Staney Donen, and a chance to say goodbye to Parks, whose young and convincing talent we never should have lost.