For me, anyway, this film is the most visually arresting musical that I have ever seen from MGM.
Vincente Minnelli was dealing with some very unconventional musical material - a school girl who believes that a con man is an archangel.
Lucille Bremer tries hard, awfully hard - but her "essence" is just too sophisticated.
It's quite "a downer", really - to watch her fail so miserably.
In order to make the film work, an actual girl would have had to be used.
A girl, no more than seventeen. And, preferably, not a star, either.
But maybe the unconventionality of the material inspired Minnelli to over-compensate by making it so visually elaborate.
And he had to know that Bremer wasn't really working in the lead role.
But, while I do not like the film, I am grateful for it, too - because I can always get lost in its' visuals.