Cinema: One Sharp, One Flat

Three for the Show (Columbia). "A good Hollywood musical," a director once remarked, "is like a fine glass. It only rings true when it's absolutely empty." By this standard, Three for the Show is a good musical—the best so far released in 1955. It has the inimitable zing of vacuity, and it has something more important: a fundamental lilt that travels from scene to scene and makes the picture musical even when the sound track is silent.

The lilt gets a lift from the story, a merry little jape that was cribbed from a...

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