She's Back on Broadway is a backstage musical and it would be nice to report that it was more than that -- that it was a thrilling backstage musical, perhaps, or an innovative backstage musical, or even just a surprising backstage musical. It would be enough just to report that it was an above average backstage musical, but alas, Broadway doesn't even meet that rather low standard. Broadway is not even a typical backstage musical, for even an average tuner of this sort should have an interesting score or, at the very least, an exceptional song. Unfortunately, Carl Sigman and Bob Hilliard's songs, while pleasant and hummable, are simply not impressive. Alright, if Broadway lacks a powerhouse score, perhaps it has some dynamite dance numbers? No. Although the presence of Gene Nelson makes that a tantalizing possibility, the dances are merely good rather than great; Nelson never gets the chance to really cut loose and show what he is capable of. And those hoping that Broadway will be saved by a mesmerizing star performance will be disappointing. Virginia Mayo looks stunning, and she portrays her character quite well, but she doesn't grab hold of the screen and draw you in. It doesn't help that her singing is dubbed, either. Steve Cochran is good, as is Patrice Wymore, and Broadway is amiable enough. It just never catches fire the way you wish it would.
by Craig Butler review