This film was designed to cash in on the early-1960s celebrity of Pat Boone. It drags a bit - okay, it drags a lot - but remains interesting because of the smooth interplay of a fairly eccentric comic cast. Barbara Eden is at the top of her form (and a fine form it is) as the love interest (what else?), while Gale Gordon scares up a few laughs as an overbearing Admiral. Pat Boone sings well, especially in a bravura performance over the title credits (the best part of the film), and gives a, well, sincere performance. As an actor, he is a very polished singer and a real nice guy.
|Barbara Eden, Buddy Hackett and Pat Boone|
The supporting cast, however, are the real reason to watch this today. Buddy Hackett is there for comic relief, and Barbara Eden to provide a little sex appeal.
|Buddy Hackett and Pat Boone|
It is interesting to compare Eden in this film with Margo Moore in a contemporary film, "Wake Me When It's Over." Both were pert, vivacious and pretty, and both starlets had starring roles in B films, yet Eden became an icon while Moore disappeared. Why? Who knows, but Eden does a great job here.
|Gale Gordon is the heavy|
The obvious scene-stealer is Buddy Hackett. Whoever thought of casting him as a wacky Native American deserves a medal. He gives a completely off-the-wall performance that compares with the best of Jonathan Winters or Robin Williams.
|Pat Boone was one man any lady could feel comfortable with putting herself in that position|
So you have a cast that later saw its best days on television (Eden, Ann B. Davis and Gordon), the night-club circuit (Hackett) and the radio (Boone). Several reasons to give this one a peek, if only to see Boone at his best, genie Jeannie before she came out of the bottle or Hackett in his Vegas prime. And there's even a great big scene-stealing turkey! Combine that with some nice tunes and you have a pleasant, light-hearted diversion.