Carmen Jones

Director: Otto Preminger
Year Released: 1954
Rating: 1.5

Anyone even vaguely familiar with the famous opera by Bizet or the story by Mérimée should see the basic framework here, except with an all-black cast and some tacky sets. Dorothy Dandridge bounces around like a cat on a hot tin roof, ready for any guy she whimsically sets her eyes on - she offers flair and friskiness in a movie devoid of splash, and the other characters always seem to be waiting for her to do something. I tend to expect musicals to have zip to them, but found this to be plodding.