Delightfully Dangerous (1945)

Genres - Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Comedy  |   Release Date - Mar 31, 1945 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

One watches the mediocre musical Delightfully Dangerous wishing it were a bit more delightful -- or even a bit more dangerous. Not that Dangerous is bad or difficult to sit through; as long as one has a fondness for lightweight, inconsequential musicals, it's a pleasant little diversion. However, those that dislike musicals, or who want their musicals more challenging, or even who simply want their musicals to contain above average scores, will likely find Dangerous not really to their liking. The screenplay is poor, with one of those stories that has to be handled extremely carefully and with the perfect degree of finesse to come off. The quartet of credited writers fumble the job, and Arthur Lubin, while providing some good visual moments, isn't able to clean up the storytelling mess. An outstanding score would have gone a long way to compensating for the script, but Morton Gould's original pieces, while not without technical interest, don't really please, and the Strauss medley is too long on the on hand and gives short shrift to the songs included on the other. The cast, fortunately, helps to make Dangerous watchable, with a very young Jane Powell in fine voice, Constance Moore looking quite fetching, Ralph Bellamy going through his paces ably, and valuable assists from Arthur Treacher and Louise Beavers.