The first hour is pretty awful, unless you're a fan of the hindi rom-com trope of a self-satisfied guy terrorizing a woman until she gives in - because that's all it offers. There's the "good guy", in various ridiculous guises to trick Deepa to spend time with him. There's the secretly no-good drunken gambler, who manages to get close to her by being the son of her father's Paris manager. And of course there is also Deepa's comic relief driver,…
"I'm Gonna Ring the Bell Tonight", a great song-and-dance-number that even managed to make dull male lead Ray Bolger shine - unfortunately surrounded by a lukewarm movie, barely carried to the finish solely by the charm of Doris Day.
It's easy to imagine how this could have been a classic if they managed to maintain some of that enthusiasm for the rest of the film. Pity it didn't happen.
Unless I just happen to be out of form with Doris Day vehicles, this one had a particularly deranged quality that made up for the barebones story and intrigue. Everything is played with a startling level of energy, every song has it's own insane twist, and oftentimes there are just a few lines of dialogue squeezed in before the next jaw-dropping musical set piece. Even the slower songs were bonkers, like Sid singing a duet with his dictation machine, the…