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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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A contemporary article in "Daily Variety" announced Ava Gardner had been cast in the lead. See more »

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Featured in Elizabeth Taylor - An Intimate Portrait (1975) See more »

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Okay despite that subliminal '50s message
22 November 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Elizabeth Taylor is "The Girl Who Had Everything" except an exciting boyfriend in this 1953 film also starring William Powell, Fernando Lamas, and Gig Young. Taylor is Jean Latimer, the gorgeous daughter of attorney Steve Latimer (Powell) who is dating the normal Vance (Young)but falls for her dad's client, Victor Raimondi, a handsome gangster (Lamas). Steve objects - strenuously - but Jean wants something a little less predictable.

If she wanted something less predictable, she's in the wrong movie, because you know what's going to happen the minute she sees Lamas testifying on television.

The film is worth seeing only for Taylor at the height of her youthful beauty, wearing the most incredible Helen Rose clothes that emphasize her beautiful figure. Powell must have had to finish off a contract commitment with MGM.

The message here is if you're a woman, don't search for adventure - you'll only become a tramp and take up with the wrong man - stay with the steady one closer to home and listen to your elders. I suppose to be fair, though, it's implied, probably not intentionally, that you need to find out certain things for yourself. Also, your choices aren't always wrong. You won't find that message here, implied or otherwise.


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