The Time, the Place and the Girl (1946)

Genres - Comedy, Musical, Romance  |   Release Date - Dec 26, 1946 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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If The Time, the Place and the Girl had a funnier screenplay, it might have been a rival to the Hope-Crosby pairings it seeks to emulate, rather than what it is: an entertaining but basically unexceptional little musical comedy. Certainly stars Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson can't quite compete with Crosby and Hope, but on their own terms they were a perfectly enjoyable team. Morgan is in particularly fine voice in this outing, and Carson, who can become very annoying in the wrong hands, is actually quite engaging here. It also helps that the delectable Martha Vickers and the brassy Janis Paige are on hand, making the proceedings that much more enjoyable. And the nifty Arthur Schwartz-Leo Robin score deserves a round of applause all its own, especially the Oscar-nominated "Oh But I Do," as well as the equally worthy "A Gal in Calico." Regrettably, the "Solid Citizen" number is saddled with an objectionable blackface treatment, but the song itself has a pleasing melody. The staging of the numbers is generally sprightly, with the "cow" song strange but memorable.