Rich, Young and Pretty

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Rich, Young and Pretty
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Norman Taurog
Produced by Joe Pasternak
Written by Dorothy Cooper (story)
Screenplay by Sidney Sheldon
Starring Jane Powell
Danielle Darrieux
Wendell Corey
Fernando Lamas
introducing Vic Damone
Music by Sammy Cahn (lyrics)
Nicholas Brodszky (music)[1]
Cinematography Robert H. Planck
Edited by Gene Ruggiero
Production
  company
MGM
Distributed by Loew's[2]
Release date(s)
  • July 24, 1951 (1951-07-24) (New York City)
  • August 3, 1951 (1951-08-03) (U.S.)[2]
Running time 95 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,528,000[3]
Box office $2,999,000[3]

Rich, Young and Pretty is a 1951 musical film produced by Joe Pasternak for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and directed by Norman Taurog. It was written by Dorothy Cooper (story) and Sidney Sheldon, starred Jane Powell, Danielle Darrieux, Wendell Corey, and Fernando Lamas, The Four Freshmen, and introduced Vic Damone. This was Darrieux's first Hollywood film since 1938's The Rage of Paris.[4]

Plot[edit]

Elizabeth (Jane Powell) accompanies her wealthy Texas rancher father (Wendell Corey) on a visit to Paris, where her mother (Danielle Darrieux) lives; while in Paris, she meets Andre (Vic Damone), an eager young Frenchman. The father tries to keep her from marrying the Frenchman and thus repeating the mistake he made when he married her mother.

Cast[edit]

Jane Powell

Songs[edit]

MGM promotion for the film emphasized the film's "songs rather than its patter";[1] Sammy Cahn wrote the lyrics and Nicholas Brodszky the music for several songs, including

Other original songs by Cahn and Brodszky include

  • "We Never Talk Much (We Just Sit Around)",
  • "How D'Ya Like Your Eggs in the Morning?" and
  • "I Can See You", both of which received radio airplay; "I Can See You" was also a jukebox favorite.[1]

The film also features a "studied going over"[1] of songs such as

Reception[edit]

Box Office[edit]

According to MGM records the film made $1,935,000 in the US and Canada and $1,064,000 elsewhere, making a profit of $54,000.[3]

Critical Reception[edit]

Time said the film was "aglow with Technicolor and plush sets" and said it treated a "light cinemusical subject with the butterscotch-caramel sentimentality of the bobby-soxers it is designed to please"; the film "tackles its situations without verve or humor, and handles its lightweight problems as ponderously as if they had been propounded by Ibsen in one of his gloomier moods."[4] Bosley Crowther of The New York Times called it "pretty as a picture postcard and just about as exciting."[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Bosley Crowther (1951-07-26). "Two Newcomers on the Local Scene". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b Rich, Young and Pretty at the TCM Movie Database
  3. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  4. ^ a b "Also Showing". Time. 1951-08-20. 

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