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Lovely to Look At (1952)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 4 July 1952 (USA)
Three Broadway producers struggling to get backing for their show hope one's sudden inheritance of a half interest in a Parisian fashion house is the answer. They travel to Paris only to learn the salon is in debt and requires their help.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

George Wells (screenplay), Harry Ruby (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Kathryn Grayson ... Stephanie
Red Skelton ... Al Marsh
Howard Keel ... Tony Naylor
Marge Champion ... Clarisse
Gower Champion ... Jerry Ralby
Ann Miller ... Bubbles Cassidy
Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Zsa Zsa
Kurt Kasznar ... Max Fogelsby
Marcel Dalio ... Pierre
Diane Cassidy Diane Cassidy ... Diane
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Al Marsh, Tony Naylor and Jerry Ralby, Broadway producers, are desperately looking for backers. Al is one of the heirs of a dress salon in Paris, but this is almost bankrupt. The two other heiresses, Stephanie and Clarisse and the three producers are able to convince the creditors to back a fashion show there. Things become complicated, when Al and Tony fall in love with Stephanie and Al's New York girl friend Bubbles arrives. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Trivia

The Broadway play "Roberta", on which this film is based, opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St., on November 18, 1933 and ran for 294 performances until July 21, 1934. See more »

Goofs

In the restaurant, when Jerry and Clarisse start dancing, his right arm at her waist pins one end of her scarf to her body. In the very next shot, although his arm hasn't moved, the scarf end is flapping loosely. See more »

Quotes

Max Fogelsby: They've got the material but no showman. I've got the showman but no material.
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Connections

Featured in Glorious Technicolor (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

The Most Exciting Night
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Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Howard Keel
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A very unfortunate remake
25 October 2011 | by richard-1787See all my reviews

I can't remember the last time I saw such a wonderful, talented cast in such a forgettable movie. Take a look at that cast: Red Skelton, Howard Keel, Marge and Gower Champion, Ann Miller, even Zsa Zsa Gabor (and yes, I'm leaving out Grayson intentionally; she was not that talented). But the script is God-awful, and nothing works. What was the point of redoing a very exceptional previous movie, the 1930s Roberta with Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire, and Ginger Rodgers - and yes, Randolph Scott - if you weren't going to do something at least as good? Grayson can't hold a candle to Dunne when it comes to singing the big numbers in the show - Yesterdays, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes; they don't trust her with You're Lovely to Look At, and give it to the chorus instead - and she certainly was not in Dunne's league as an actress. The Champions do a beautiful dance number with Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, which is probably the highlight of the movie, but they don't have any charisma as actors. Keel is a great singer and has real charisma as an actor, but he's largely wasted here, as is Skelton, who has an embarrassing comedy number.

If you know the 1930s Roberta, this will make you cringe. If you don't, it still won't hold your interest.

Why they bothered with this, I don't know. Everyone in it did much better elsewhere.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El amor nació en París See more »

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Budget:

$2,813,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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