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The Girl Who Had Everything (1953)

Approved | | Romance, Drama | 27 March 1953 (USA)
Attorney's daughter falls for one of his gangster clients.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Art Cohn, Adela Rogers St. Johns (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Jean Latimer
Fernando Lamas ... Victor Y. Raimondi
William Powell ... Steve Latimer
Gig Young ... Vance Court
James Whitmore ... Charles 'Chico' Menlow
Robert Burton ... John Ashmond
Bill Walker ... Julian (as William Walker)
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Attorney's daughter falls for one of his gangster clients.

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Genres:

Romance | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Life of Her Own See more »

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Budget:

$665,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Tripe in fancy dress clothes
18 December 2011 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

This is tripe dressed up in fancy clothes. A loose remake of "A Free Soul" this silly melodrama is a painless time waster and not much else. What was once a racy provocative drama has become an empty potboiler.

True it does have Elizabeth Taylor at the peak of her beauty and that's always worth seeing. Additionally she is a much more relaxed and natural actress than Norma Shearer ever was. But she is handed a part that has been diluted from the original which is true of the entire picture.

William Powell, a welcome presence as always, isn't given the flashy part that Lionel Barrymore won an Oscar for in the original just a disapproving father without any real bite. No wonder he left MGM after this if this is the best they had to offer.

The real problem is the casting of Fernando Lamas in the old Clark Gable role, with Gable and his animal magnetism you could understand Norma's desire and willingness to stray with him. With Lamas, attractive though he may be, there is none of that and he comes across as a cheap hood made good and an oily one at that and Liz's headstrong determination to be with him makes her seem a foolish, spoiled nitwit.

For fans of the stars, and of course this being an MGM film they are beautiful dressed and the surrounding sumptuous, it's worth one watch but that will be more than enough.


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