It’s a romantic and tuneful women’s world this month at Twilight Time, which offers scintillating song-showered showcases for the lovely likes of Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Hayley Mills and the delicious duet of Janet Leigh and Betty Garrett. Admittedly, they get great support from male sex, as they’re spectacularly squired by such smitten leading men as Yves Montand, Victor Mature, Oliver Reed and Jack Lemmon, and are supported by the superb tunesmithing of such greats as Cole Porter, Paul Dresser and the clever and prolific lyricist Leo Robin, who’s teamed with composer Ralph Rainger on one film and melodist extraordinaire Jule Styne on another. Courtesy of Ms. Mills’ vehicle, there are diverting ’60s pop ditties with music by the versatile Stanley Myers and soundtrack performances by British rockers of the era. Making them alternately light on their feet and enchanting as all get-out are the marvelous moves of three choreographic masters: Jack Cole, Hermes Pan and Bob Fosse, the latter two seen strutting their own stuff on screen. Welcomed back into the TT fold (following their previous respective sold-out titles Born Yesterday and Bell, Book and Candle) are directors George Cukor and Richard Quine. Preorders open today at 4 PM EST/1 PM PST for the June 19 TT hi-def Blu-ray release of Let’s Make Love (1960), My Gal Sal (1942), My Sister Eileen (1955) and Take a Girl like You (1970) at www.screenarchives.com and www.twilighttimemovies.com.
As a theme song for this month’s lineup of appealing ladies who strive to balance career, romance and personal principles, The Foundations’ up-tempo rendition of 1970’s Take a Girl like You is particularly apt. Enjoy it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-isWY_I_3w8.