In a family of striking miners, Billy resists male stereotyping by taking up ballet. Evolved into a Broadway stage musical smash hit, this original film is a frisky tale that has appeal, but is too earnest for its own good. Billy's dancing, in particular, is inexplicable. On the street, he seems to have all sorts of wild, flailing moves that we're supposed to guess are lifted from 1940's musicals, but are performed awkwardly, gracelessly, and oddly desperately, which makes it hard to understand why he has such a difficult time adapting to ballet. It otherwise does a good job of depicting the life of a northeastern English town, including the rough, scrabbling life of unionized miners. Nice story, but very rough around the edges, probably smoothed out in the stage version.