I Love Melvin

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I Love Melvin
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Theatrical Film Poster
Directed by Don Weis
Produced by George Wells
Written by László Vadnay
George Wells
Ruth Brooks Flippen
Starring Donald O'Connor
Debbie Reynolds
Cinematography Harold Rosson
Edited by Adrienne Fazan
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • March 20, 1953 (1953-03-20)
Running time 77 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,348,000[1]
Box office $1,970,000[1][2]

I Love Melvin is a 1953 American Technicolor MGM musical and dancing comedy film directed by Don Weis starring Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds.[3]

Plot[edit]

Small-time actress Judy Schneider dreams of becoming a Hollywood star even as she struggles along playing a human football in a kitschy Broadway musical. One day in Central Park she bumps into Melvin, the bumbling assistant to a Look magazine photographer. Melvin is smitten with Judy and endures disapproval from her father who wants her to marry Harry Flack, the boring heir to a paper box company. He exaggerates his importance at the magazine in order to impress Judy and her family and promises to get her on the cover, using the photo shoots as an excuse to spend time with her. His charade is exposed when her picture doesn't appear on the cover and she discovers that he is just a lowly assistant. Too ashamed to face her, Melvin abandons his job and disappears into Central Park. While hiding in the Park he sees Judy's picture on the cover of Look and discovers that the editor made her a cover girl so he would see it and come out of hiding.

Cast[edit]

Music[edit]

  1. "Lady Loves" (Debbie Reynolds)
  2. "We Have Never Met as Yet" (Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor)
  3. "Saturday Afternoon Before the Game" (Chorus)
  4. "Where Did You Learn to Dance" (Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor)
  5. "I Wanna Wander" (Donald O'Connor)
  6. "Life Has Its Funny Ups and Downs" (Noreen Corcoran)

Reception[edit]

According to MGM records the film earned $1,316,000 in the US and Canada and $654,000 overseas, resulting in a loss of $290,000.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954
  3. ^ Crowther, Bosley. "New York Times: I Love Melvin". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 

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