Talking of Films
By M. J. McMAHON
Fine and Dandy
musical brings Jim- mie Cagney back to the footlights in a part that fits
his now rotund frame like a second skin—that of a
likeable little tough guy of Broadway.
"Fine and Dandy" provides the perfect set-up for Cagney's cocky style. As well as sing, dance, and throw punches, he gets the chance to double-cross friends, insult lissom Virginia Mayo, flout authority, sneer at tradition, and generally dis- turb the peace in various Cagneyesque ways.
The story deals with efforts to put on a stage show at West Point Military Academy, and sends hard-boiled Broadwayite Cagney and partner Virginia Mayo to that stern establish- ment to do the job.
They find all sorts of talent among cadet students, includ- ing singer Gordon MacRae and dancer Gene Nelson, who have also written a script that
turns out to be a wow.
Doris Day turns up later to
help out vocally and romantic- ally.
The pleasant informality of "Fine and Dandy" receives a slight check when Warners de- cide it's time to put over a message and to define Cagney's
Otherwise some tuneful
songs, brisk dancing, and laugh-getting situations should please most filmgoers.
NEW star Anthony Steel is
switching to light-hearted work with the comedy "Some thing Money Can't Buy." Pat Roc has been imported from her home in Paris to star with him. In a film scheduled im- mediately to follow this one, Anthony's leading lady will be