Opinion was not nearly universal about Haydn's performance. I knew quite a few people disappointed by the singing. He came off as a Jimmy Cagney wannabe who couldn't sing the role. I was more moved by Gordon MacRae's acting and singing in the film and perplexed how they could cast Haydn, who ended the first act's difficult "Soliloquoy" with a whimper instead of a bang. There were some beautiful aspects to that production, but I would rather have seen someone else as Billy.