Review: ‘Mother Wore Tights’

Mother Wore Tights [based on the book by Mariam Young] is a familiarly styled Technicolor musical opus on the life and times of a song-and-dance team that knocked around the vaude circuits about the century's turn. Leisurely paced and loosely constructed as a series of undramatic vignettes, picture will appeal to patrons who prefer their nostalgia trowelled on thickly and sweetly.

Mother Wore Tights [based on the book by Mariam Young] is a familiarly styled Technicolor musical opus on the life and times of a song-and-dance team that knocked around the vaude circuits about the century’s turn. Leisurely paced and loosely constructed as a series of undramatic vignettes, picture will appeal to patrons who prefer their nostalgia trowelled on thickly and sweetly.

Musical is severely limited by its long and mediocre score of tunes [by Mack Gordon, Josef Myrow], which are presented without any visual imaginative touches. Numerous hoofing sequences [staged by Seymour Felix and Kenny Williams] featuring Betty Grable and vis-a-vis Dan Dailey also fail to rate the heavy accent put on them by the footage. Chief drawback, however, is the rambling story, whose lack of both major and minor climaxes is made glaring by Walter Lang’s deadpan direction and a script which pulls out all the stops in its use of cliches and sentimentalism.

Yarn, unfolding via simple flashbacks to the commentary of the hoofers’ younger daughter, progresses through the various stages of the vaude team’s career.

1947: Best Scoring for a Musical Picture.

Nominations: Best Color Cinematography, Song (‘You Do’)

Mother Wore Tights

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Walter Lang; Producer Lamar Trotti; Screenplay Lamar Trotti; Camera Harry Jackson; Editor J. Watson Webb Jr; Music Alfred Newman (dir.); Art Director Richard Day, Joseph C. Wright

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1947. Running time: 107 MIN.

With

Betty Grable Dan Dailey Mona Freeman Connie Marshall Vanessa Brown Sara Allgood
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