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It Happened in Athens (1962)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy | June 1962 (USA)
In 1896 it is announced that the Olympic Games will be revived in Athens. A young shepherd, Spiridon Loues, decides to enter the 26-mile marathon. Once in Athens, he meets Christina Gratsos... See full summary »


Andrew Marton


László Vadnay


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jayne Mansfield ... Eleni Costa
Trax Colton Trax Colton ... Spiridon Loues
Nico Minardos ... Lt. Alexi Vinardos
Bob Mathias ... Coach Graham
Xenia Kalogeropoulou Xenia Kalogeropoulou ... Christina Gratsos (as Maria Xénia)
Ivan Triesault ... Grandpa Loues / Mr. Trisapopolis
Lili Valenty Lili Valenty ... Mama Loues
Titos Vandis ... Father Loues
Charles Fawcett Charles Fawcett ... Ambassador Cyrus T. Gaylord
Jean Murat ... De Coubertin
Roger Browne Roger Browne ... Drake (as Bill Browne)
Marion Siva Marion Siva ... Maria Loues (as Marion Silva)
Paul Muller ... Priest
Gustavo De Nardo ... George
Roger Fradet Roger Fradet ... Dubois


In 1896 it is announced that the Olympic Games will be revived in Athens. A young shepherd, Spiridon Loues, decides to enter the 26-mile marathon. Once in Athens, he meets Christina Gratsos, a young woman from his hometown who is now the personal maid of Eleni Costa, Greece's most glamorous actress. Though he has arrived after the qualification date, Spiridon's athletic prowess so impresses Coach Graham of the American team that he is permitted to enter the contest. Eleni informs the press that she will marry the victor, confident it will be her lover, Lieutenant Vinardos. Written by alfiehitchie

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When Jayne Becomes the Olympic Prize...It's An Outdoor Variation on an Inside Sport!


Biography | Comedy


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Release Date:

June 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sucedió en Atenas See more »

Filming Locations:

Greece See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jayne Mansfield's 23-month-old son, Miklos, makes a cameo at the beginning of the film as the little boy who throws food across the table. See more »


Though the film is set at the time of the first modern Olympic Games at the dawn of the 20th Century, from far away it is noticeable that the people in the crowd are from the 1960s as they're wearing 1960s fashions. See more »


Spiridon Loues: Father, I want to go to Athens tonight and I need a little money. I ran into old Cristos, and he tells me that Greece are having the Olympic Games again. They begin tomorrow and if I start tonight I can be in Athens in time.
Father Loues: What for?
Spiridon Loues: I want to take part. I want to run.
Father Loues: You? You want to run? In the Olympic Games?
Spiridon Loues: What do you look at me like that for? You know I can outrun anybody in the village.
Father Loues: So you can outrun anyone in our village, you are the fastest in Marousi. So what?
Spiridon Loues: Look, I'll need ...
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Crazy Credits

This photoplay is not a biography of Spiridon Loues. Any similarity to actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental. All events except the Marathon victory are fictional. See more »


Featured in Manos Hadjidakis: Reflection in the Mirror (2008) See more »

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A story about the 1890 Olympic games in Athens, Greece.
29 June 2017 | by larryandersonSee all my reviews

Even though Brad Harris is listed as being in the cast, he told me that he missed the start of the filming due to prior commitments. He just couldn't make it on time. Many reference books list him in the cast but he is NOT in the movie. Also, Mickey Hargitay was there at the time, with Jayne Mansfield, but wasn't used in the production. Larry Anderson, Canada.

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