Lovely to Look At
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|Lovely to Look At|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Mervyn LeRoy|
Vincente Minnelli (uncredited)
|Produced by||Jack Cummings|
|Screenplay by||George Wells|
by Jerome Kern
|Music by||Carmen Dragon and Saul Chaplin|
|Cinematography||George J. Folsey|
|Edited by||John McSweeney Jr.|
|4 July 1952|
Tony Naylor, Al Marsh and Jerry Ralby are looking for backers for their new Broadway show. They have just run out of options when Al gets a letter from his aunt's attorneys and finds he is a part-owner of a dress salon in Paris. Thinking to sell his share, he, Jerry, and Tony fly to Paris, only to find the shop is almost bankrupt. There they also find Stephanie and Clarisse, who own the other shares of the business. Tony is able to convince the anxious creditors to back a fashion show, hoping to put the shop back on top. As the plot progresses, Tony is torn between his growing affection for Stephanie and his desire to finance his show. Meanwhile, Jerry falls for Clarisse, and Al has a crush on Stephanie. Eventually, Al goes for Bubbles, who has followed the boys from New York.
Source: The New York Times
- Kathryn Grayson as Stephanie
- Red Skelton as Al Marsh
- Howard Keel as Tony Naylor
- Marge Champion as Clarisse
- Gower Champion as Jerry Ralby
- Ann Miller as Bubbles Cassidy
- Zsa Zsa Gabor as Zsa Zsa
- Kurt Kasznar as Max Fogelsby
- Marcel Dalio as Pierre
- Diane Cassidy as Diane
The finale, a fashion show, was directed by Vincente Minnelli, with costumes by Adrian, "who had created more than 40 costumes, at a cost of $100,000."
The music was written by Jerome Kern.
- "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", sung by Kathryn Grayson, and later danced to by Marge and Gower Champion; lyrics by Otto A. Harbach and Dorothy Fields.
- "Lovely To Look At", sung by Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel; lyrics by Dorothy Fields. The song was nominated for an Academy Award when it was first used in the 1935 version of Roberta.
- "The Touch of Your Hand", sung by Kathryn Grayson; lyrics by Otto A. Harbach.
- "I Won't Dance", sung and danced to by Marge and Gower Champion; lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and Dorothy Fields.
- "Yesterdays", sung by Kathryn Grayson; lyrics by Harbach.
- "You're Devastating", sung by Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson; lyrics by Harbach.
- "I'll Be Hard to Handle", sung and danced to by Ann Miller and Men's Chorus; Lyrics by Bernard Dougall.
- "Lafayette", performed by Howard Keel, Red Skelton and Gower Champion.
According to MGM records the film earned $2,571,000 in the U.S. and Canada, and $1,203,000 elsewhere, resulting in an overall loss of $735,000.
The New York Times reviewer wrote: "The producers ... have used the full and wonderful complement of tunes from the sturdy score [of Roberta]. Thus, only the tone deaf can be apathetic to Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel's rendition of "You're Devastating" or "The Touch of Your Hand." The bittersweet lilt of "Yesterdays," as sung by Miss Grayson, has not lost its haunting quality and the now-classic "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" still has notes and lyrics of poetic beauty... Although all of the dance numbers choreographed by Hermes Pan are not inspired, he has inventively devised spirited turns for "I Won't Dance" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" to which Marge and Gower Champion contribute professional grace, verve and charm. And Ann Miller is permitted to exhibit both her beautiful legs and her staccato tapping in a snappy run through of "I'll be Hard to Handle. Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson, who have no need to prove their eminence as singers, again are in fine voice and make a handsome couple whose misunderstandings are inconsequential."
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- Awards for Roberta (1935) at Internet Movie Database