When the screen turns a stale pastel, we're hardly enchanted; it just looks as if everyone's on a bad acid trip.And Mitzi Gaynor, who plays Nurse Nellie Forbush, seems to have confused Pacific Ocean theater with dinner theater.Let's put it twice over-budget and make it 159 minutes long. Elizabeth Taylor got cast as the glamorous Desiree Armfeldt in the film version of Stephen Sondheim's sly, elegant musical. The Spanish Inquisition was painful enough without casting Peter O'Toole and Sophia Loren as Don Quixote and Dulcinea, his love interest.Liz certainly looked the part, but her off-key singing was painful. Thankfully, O'Toole's singing voice was partially dubbed as he couldn't reach the impossible notes.In his 40-year career, John Huston had never tackled a musical. Despite a dream cast—Albert Finney, Aileen Quinn, Carol Burnett, Tim Curry and Bernadette Peters—the director managed to turn a frothy musical into something closer to his later film "Prizzi's Honor." Like Sandy, it's a dog.
No, Sir Richard, it's about veteran dancers looking for one last job.This picture unfairly portrays Brice as an narcissist looking for pity ("How Lucky Can You Get").There's nothing interesting or funny about this Fanny.The musical was given the full blockbuster treatment, a la "Ben Hur." But Michael Kidd's muscular choreography is more suited to "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" than gay old New York.Too bad Hollywood isn't doing a remake with Babs today—that would make much better sense.Andrews also lost "My Fair Lady" to Audrey Hepburn, but at least Hepburn's singing voice got dubbed. This Technicolor adaptation of Irving Berlin's Broadway smash about Annie Oakley began filming with Judy Garland in the title role.