The I Don't Care Girl (1952)

Genres - Comedy, Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], Musical Comedy  |   Release Date - Jan 20, 1953 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Mitzi Gaynor plays legendary vaudeville headliner Eva Tanguay, whose signature tune was the bouncy "I Don't Care". The film's actual producer George Jessel costars as "himself;" the gimmick is that Jessel wants to produce a biopic based on Tanguay, but can't get a handle on the story until he interviews all those who remember the lady. This throughline allows Gaynor to impersonate Tanguay without the added encumbrance of a plot. Well, there is a love story involving Tanguay and her vaudeville partner (David Wayne), and some welcome comic relief from "professional neurotic" Oscar Levant, but otherwise The I Don't Care Girl is more a revue than a movie. At the end, inveterate scene-stealer George Jessel shows up backstage during one of the flashback sequences, "Just to see how the story will turn out."

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performer, production [showbiz], profession, show-business, entertainer, flashback, love, singer, vaudeville, business, interview, life, lady, show, film-producer, musical [play], partner, stars [celebrities]