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the i don't care girl
- kevin sellers
Appropriate title for a film that is a virtual paean to "whatever".
I Don't Care
- Reca Powell
I had never heard of this movie, or of Eva Tanguay, and found it on demand under several movies available from TCM. I will start out by saying that the dance numbers are fantastic. Mitzi Gaynor exceeded my expectations and my remembrance of other musicals that I had seen her in. The only song I was familiar with was the "I Don't Care" number but the other songs weren't show stoppers or even memorable. Mitzi's voice was adequate. The acting is forgettable, no one stands out. My biggest problem with this film is that it doesn't make a lot of sense. The opening scene before the credits leads one to wonder if Eva Tanguey had some physical or mental problem that caused Florenz Zeigfield to stop a performance in the middle of the act. This is never brought up later in the movie. Also the jumps between the past and the present are clumsy and many important concepts in Eva's life are left up to the viewers imagination. Who was actually telling the truth about Eva? Was she really so fickle that she would fly off the handle without letting anyone explain, and was seemingly so naive about so many things, but performed such risque songs and dances. This movie is of course a very very fictionalized account of her life and is a product of the early 1950's (1953). I think that a true account of the woman would be much more enjoyable. I gave it three stars based on the dance numbers
- Robert Rivera
I use Spectrum. It looks like the last 2 pictures I viewed from TCM do not have captions. These pictures areScaramouche & The I Don't Care Girl. I thought that I had lost the closed captions but the other movies I have viewed do have CC. Has TCM discontinued closed captions? Incidentally I did see the I Don't Care Girl when it first came out.
Esoteric--Deserves more exposure
- Trina Simon
I had never heard of this movie but glad you ran it, although theres something wrong with the TCM channel during part of it. I hope this is fixed and is shown again.It has special meaning for me because Gaynor had the same dance teacher as my mother who was a dancer who began in Vaudeville when she was six years old with her parents (Book came out recently about her which I haven't seen yet written by eleni sikelianos). I met this dance teacher Madame Etienne, when my mom took me to meet her in Hollywood in the mid- 60s. I was only about 16 at the time. I believe all three of them were originally from Detroit. Madame Etienne also taught cyd Charisse. Mom taught ballet, modern, tap and ballroom dancing; and is in the Burlesque Hall of Fame run by Dixie Evans. I heard Mitzi mention Etienne in an interview recently.
Mae West said in her autobiography that as a child she yearned to go on the New York stage, but that the major headliner in the way was an obstacle known as Eva Tanguay. Mae, born in Brooklyn in 1893, was a child tap dancer and entertainer who by age 5 danced on neighborhood stages. Eva, born in 1878 in Canada, was a New York entertainer by the time young Mae decided that public entertainment would be her life's calling. I researched Mae's life for a university theatrical censorship course; Mae grew up to be a playwright, plus an actress later in movies where we see her starring opposite people like Cary Grant.I study history of the theatre. Eva had theatrical, musical, comedic and dramatic female contemporaries such as Elsie Janis, Sophie Tucker, Billie Burke, Maude Adams, Ethel Barrymore, Marilyn Miller and Fanny Brice. My research hints that Eva appeared to be a buffoon in real life, yet she was very popular. I feel that Mitzi Gaynor played her well in this film, The I Don't Care Girl, even though the film's story was apparently a very simplified and rather fictional portrayal. I loved Mitzi's dancing, especially in the black and white number with the energetic dance moves. The supporting cast I felt were excellent.