STRIKE ME PINK.

[DVD: Samuel Goldwyn / Warner Bros Home Video – 1936 – 100 mins]. Ethel Merman reunites with her ‘Kid Millions’ co-star Eddie Cantor in this frothy bit of film fable from celebrated director Norman Taurog and legendary producer Samuel Goldwyn. Ol’ Banjo Eyes stars as meek Eddie Pink, who, thanks to a mail-order assertiveness course, ends up managing Dreamland amusement park which is beset by the mob. While doing his best to transform from milquetoast to manly, Eddie stymies the slot-machine gangsters while falling head over high-kicking heels for lovely chanteuse Joyce Lennox (Merman). In addition to Eddie’s antics – climaxing in a spectacular chase across the amusement park rides – viewers are treated to rousing renditions of toe-tapping favourites like ‘The Lady Dances,’ ‘First You Have Me High,’ ‘Calabash Pipe,’ and ‘Shake It Off With Rhythm.’ And that’s not to mention appearances by Parkyakarkus, William Frawley, Brian Donlevy and the always lovely Goldwyn Girls. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Features many fleeting shots of ‘Dreamland’ (real life Nu Pike Amusement Park in Long Beach, California) and the action escalates towards a rather awe-inspiring four-minute comedic stunt-laden chase over and aboard the Cyclone Racer roller coaster. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.