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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.

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Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

George Wells (screenplay), Harry Ruby (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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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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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M-G-M's Technicolor spectacle! Jerome Kern's music! See more »


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Howard Keel's character was named "Tony Naylor". During the 1950s and 60s, one of the most popular hang-outs for the stars in to meet after the filming was called "Tiny Naylors". It was located in Hollywood at the corner of Sunset Blvd and Vine Streets. Keel's characters' name was a nod to that famous coffee shop. See more »

Goofs

In the restaurant, when Jerry and Clarisse start dancing, his right arm at her waist pins one end of her scarf to her body. In the very next shot, although his arm hasn't moved, the scarf end is flapping loosely. See more »

Quotes

Bubbles Cassidy: [singing] I am just an iron butterfly at heart...
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Connections

Version of Roberta (1969) See more »

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Yesterdays
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Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
Sung by Kathryn Grayson
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About 30 minutes is really "Lovely To Look At".
5 April 2004 | by jim_brown-greenSee all my reviews

That 30 minutes includes the dance numbers by Ann Miller and The Champions (indeed they were). The other 15 minutes is at the end of the film, a gorgeous fashion show designed by Adrian. It's the ultimate display of fantasy 50s feminine fashion. The designers and runway models of today should view this on how it should be done rather than the current crop of strident and pouting stringbeans who posture and pose in the drab and dreary unimaginative rags that pass as au courant fashion.

Grayson and Keel didn't really gel in this confection. Grayson always seems to be pouting, but that seems to have been her basic acting style. Keel is a bit stiff here, but his singing is right on the money. Red Skelton was quite funny back then and hugely popular; alas, his type of humor seems to have lost its appeal over time. Zsa Zsa was never the consummate actress like her sister, Eva (!!!) but her presence here added a daffy charm that soon became the Gabor sisters' trademark.

Still, the star of this flick is Adrian with his array of fab 50s feminine fashions that are definitely "Lovely To Look At". The gowns were especially spectacular and they inspired many a prom dress back then; also, debutante balls, weddings, and beauty pageants.

Glad to see that this film has finally become available. For many years, I believe it had problems being released because of copyrights held by the Jerome Kern estate.


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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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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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