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Jupiter's Darling (1955)

Fabius loves his beautiful but vulnerable city, Rome, and he also loves his beautiful but invulnerable fiancée, Amytis. Fascinated by the tales she has heard about Hannibal, who is about to... See full summary »

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George Sidney
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Esther Williams ... Amytis
Howard Keel ... Hannibal
Marge Champion ... Meta
Gower Champion ... Varius
George Sanders ... Fabius Maximus
Richard Haydn ... Horatio
William Demarest ... Mago
Norma Varden ... Fabia
Douglass Dumbrille ... Scipio
Henry Corden ... Carthalo
Michael Ansara ... Maharbal
Martha Wentworth ... Widow Titus
John Olszewski John Olszewski ... Principal Swimming Statue
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Storyline

Fabius loves his beautiful but vulnerable city, Rome, and he also loves his beautiful but invulnerable fiancée, Amytis. Fascinated by the tales she has heard about Hannibal, who is about to attack Rome, Amytis is driven by curiosity to the edge of his camp. Captured, she makes a last request of the indifferent Hannibal...that he spare the city. She offers to lead him to a hilltop where she can prove that taking the city is not worth the trouble. Hannibal goes with her, even though she has to cup her hand under his chin and float him across a river as he can't swim. Before long, Hannibal is doing more surveying of Amytis than of Rome. And Fabius finds he can defend neither his city nor his fiancée against the advances of Hannibal. Especially after he has his elephants painted bright colors because Amythis thinks gray is drab. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

The Love Story of the Beauty and the Barbarian! Clash of Armies! Underwater spectacle! Never before such sights to see! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Favorita de Júpiter See more »

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Budget:

$3,337,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

MGM originally bought the rights to Robert E. Sherwood's play back in 1926, intending to film it with Greta Garbo. See more »

Goofs

During the "slave market" dance number Marge Champion at one point has a small basket on her head. It falls off and lands on the ground between her and Gower. They pull in for a closeup and when they pull back the basket is gone. See more »

Quotes

Hannibal: Have you ever tried to get an elephant over an Alp?
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Crazy Credits

In opening credits: "In 216 B.C., Hannibal the Barbarian marched on Rome. The history of this great march has always been confused. This picture will do nothing to clear it up." See more »

Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment! III (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

This Is What I Love
(uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
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What a waste
12 June 2012 | by rdfarnhamSee all my reviews

I had wanted to see this film for a long time since I like Esther Williams, Howard Keel and the Champions. I saw it last night on TCM. What a let down. Not one good, memorable song, no real story and even the dance numbers were uninspired. This could have been a real killer of a movie but it just sort of puttered along on two cylinders, not good enough to be enjoyable but not quite bad enough to say the heck with it and give up. Esther's fantasy swimming number with the living statues is the high point. Howard Keel has no song worthy of his talent and the Champion's dance number with the elephants goes on way too long. The other reviewers have pretty much said it all. The fact that this film is not included in ANY of the Esther Williams DVD collections says a bunch.


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