New Movies: Instant Old Age

The American Negro has endured Little Rock and Selma; he will survive Missitucky, the mythological country of Finian's Rainbow. There, on a beaming day, a father (Fred Astaire) and his daughter (Petula Clark) wander into a valley where white and cullud folks are jes a-sittin' and a-singin' and a-waitin' for somethin' to happen. Nothin' does. A leprechaun (Tommy Steele) wanders in, a lot of galvanic twitching goes on in the name of choreography, and eventually a white-supremacist Senator (Keenan Wynn) gets changed into a Negro. At the end, when everybody joins hands to shout out the coda, it is...