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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The musical's best-known song, "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," is utilized much as it had been in the film's predecessor, Roberta (1935). In both films, the song is heard as a stand-alone performance by the leading lady (Irene Dunne in the earlier film, Kathryn Grayson in the latter), and is reprised for the dance duet of the secondary leads (Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the earlier film, Marge and Gower Champion in the latter). Oddly, in the remake, the Champions' duet appears first, minus any vocal -- likely due to the fact that the song was already so well known -- while Grayson's vocal doesn't occur until the final third of the film. See more »

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In one scene Stephanie and Tony ride through the park in a carriage. About once per minute the background jerks and then repeats showing that it is back projected on a loop. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Ralby: Honey, I'm the poorest / Example of a tourist / I bathe in gloom / At just the thought of Napoleon's tomb / For educational purpose I'd learn much more with you / If I toured a night club floor with you / Dance each dance from eight to four with you / What say Baby, what say Baby?
[new intro lyrics to "I Won't Dance" apparently written for this movie]
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Soundtracks

I Won't Dance
(uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Original lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Revised lyrics by Dorothy Fields, Otto A. Harbach and Jimmy McHugh
Sung and danced by Marge Champion and Gower Champion
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'Smoke-'y.
31 December 2002 | by movibuf1962See all my reviews

This was a remake of the RKO Astaire-Rogers pastiche ROBERTA (1935), but it had its own merits. MGM used its 'Jack Cummings' unit of talent- most of the alumnae from SHOW BOAT and KISS ME KATE- to perform here. Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson represent the singing couple (Irene Dunne essayed the role originally in ROBERTA, but her mate was the non-singing Randolph Scott), and do very nice renditions of the songs 'The Touch of Your Hand' and their witty first duet, 'You're Devastating.' The dancing couple was none other than Marge & Gower Champion, married in real life and presenting the dances with a bit more romance. They first dance to the call-and-response ditty 'I Won't Dance' in a fitting room with mannequins on wheels. Later, in an after-hours café, they discover they are falling in love and dance to an instrumental version of 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes-' particularly breathtaking because it is staged as a love scene instead of a performance, and it makes the most of a dreamy, starry-night set piece, of which the dance floor is put to a great deal of use in its climax when the Champions swing each other around in romantic pirouettes. Finally, there is Red Skelton assuming the role of the actual salon heir, cutting up on a piano rag and narrating the gargantuan fashion show finale. The remake includes a sexier version of 'I'll Be Hard to Handle' tapped out by Ann Miller, and 'new' songs 'Tomorrow Night' and 'Lafayette.'


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