Tony Mastroianni Review Collection

Connie's Film Is Light, Gay

Cleveland Press September 4, 1964

The story has holes in it through which you could drive a fleet of trucks. The plot is wildly improbable yet completely predictable.

But for all of that "Looking for Love" is pleasant, a movie that is strictly for fun and one which only a reviewer or other strange creatures would be foolish enough to try to take seriously.

The patron who plunks down his cash for a ticket will see a slightly diverting affair in which Miss Francis portrays an aspiring young singer named Libby Caruso. That's right -- Caruso.

SINCE SHE hasn't become a star in a month she decides that she better take care of her other ambition -- finding a husband and having babies.

Her eyes light on a tall, handsome fellow (Jim Hutton) and she decides that he's the one. Trouble is, he likes his girls tall and top heavy and Miss Francis isn't tall.

Well, he's a conceited sort of fellow anyway but another one, a nice guy (Joby Baker) is waiting around for the right moment. Just to make things even Miss Francis has a friend (Susan Oliver) who can't stand Mr. Ego. All of us old moviegoers know what's going to happen there.

CONNIE FRANCIS is sort of a fast-talking dumb blond type, only she's a brunette. One of the best scenes has her making a shambles of a an elaborate stage set in a spoof of over-produced TV numbers.

When she isn't getting into comic trouble she keeps the picture alive with her rhythmic, bouncy songs.

Miss Oliver has a flair for comedy and ought to have something bigger to do in the movies. The leading men are both right in their parts. There are brief but pleasant appearances by Danny Thomas and Johnny Carson.