I enjoyed it a lot, but I wouldn't call it a favourite of Gene's movies. It is a bit over-long, but I enjoyed the songs and the performances, particularly If You Knew Susie and I Fall In Love Too Easily. Frank's songs are so lovely, such a beautiful voice... Random comment but when I first heard and saw Kathryn Grayson, I thought she looked and sounded very like Snow White from the Disney 1938 movie. The story's sweet, I loved the Gene/Frank collaboration and the songs and dances. But I have to make a special mention to the part after Frank's character compliments Jose Iturbi on his piano playing, when Iturbi tells him that he sings very well himself and he thanks him shyly - amazing :)
Btw to the previous poster - Clarence is idealistic, 18, naive and romantic, of course he's going to ask for her hand in marriage ;)
I agree, I'm a big Gene Kelly fan, but I have to admit, I Like about 11 or 12 of his films more than this one.
It was the 40s, they were in the Navy, it was during the war. Asking some girl you've only known for 3 days to marry you isn't a big deal. The farther back in history you go, the less time courtship genereally is.