As with all good musicals, the story [from the stage musical adapted from H.G. Wells’ novel Kipps] has a simple moral – that money can be a troublesome thing – and it is told in a straightforward narrative, without too much complication of character.
Thus Kipps is projected as a likable lad, temporarily aberrated by his coming into a fortune, and returning to the true common virtues when he loses it.
The cohesive force is certainly that of Tommy Steele, who takes hold of his part like a terrier and never lets go. His assurance is overwhelming, and he leads the terping with splendid vigor and elan.
Of course, the haunting title song and the ebullient ‘Flash, Bang, Wallop!’ remain the showstoppers, and David Heneker’s score is a little short of socko tunes elsewhere.