Footlight Serenade is a typical backstage number. New twist of minor importance has been provided for the boy-meets-girl-and-both-get-into-Broadway-show formula. Victor Mature is the champ, with the show built around him by producer James Gleason. His characterization is decidedly reminiscent of a heavyweight champ of the 1930s. Betty Grable gets a chorine job, while her fiance John Payne is projected into a line of candidates for stumble-bum for the champ in the show.
Although Mature successfully pictures the egoistic and swaggering fight champ for reverse angles, he’s painted with lily-white duco for the finish.
Gregory Ratoff carries the direction at a good pace. With the backstage filmusical angles well culled, there was nothing new for the scripters to devise on their own.