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Jupiter's Darling (1955)

Fabius loves his beautiful but vulnerable city, Rome, and he also loves his beautiful but invulnerable fiancée, Amytis. Fascinated by the tales she has heard about Hannibal, who is about to... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Esther Williams ... Amytis
Howard Keel ... Hannibal
Marge Champion ... Meta
Gower Champion ... Varius
George Sanders ... Fabius Maximus
Richard Haydn ... Horatio
William Demarest ... Mago
Norma Varden ... Fabia
Douglass Dumbrille ... Scipio
Henry Corden ... Carthalo
Michael Ansara ... Maharbal
Martha Wentworth ... Widow Titus
John Olszewski John Olszewski ... Principal Swimming Statue
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Storyline

Fabius loves his beautiful but vulnerable city, Rome, and he also loves his beautiful but invulnerable fiancée, Amytis. Fascinated by the tales she has heard about Hannibal, who is about to attack Rome, Amytis is driven by curiosity to the edge of his camp. Captured, she makes a last request of the indifferent Hannibal...that he spare the city. She offers to lead him to a hilltop where she can prove that taking the city is not worth the trouble. Hannibal goes with her, even though she has to cup her hand under his chin and float him across a river as he can't swim. Before long, Hannibal is doing more surveying of Amytis than of Rome. And Fabius finds he can defend neither his city nor his fiancée against the advances of Hannibal. Especially after he has his elephants painted bright colors because Amythis thinks gray is drab. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Love Story of the Beauty and the Barbarian! Clash of Armies! Underwater spectacle! Never before such sights to see! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jupiter's Darling See more »

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Budget:

$3,337,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

A reprise of "I Had A Dream" performed by Esther Williams and George Sanders was filmed but cut from the release print. See more »

Goofs

As Hannibal surveys Rome, the famous Colosseum can be seen in the background. However, this film is set in 216 B.C. and the Colosseum was not built until nearly 300 years later, around 80 A.D. See more »

Quotes

Hannibal: Have you ever tried to get an elephant over an Alp?
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Crazy Credits

In opening credits: "In 216 B.C., Hannibal the Barbarian marched on Rome. The history of this great march has always been confused. This picture will do nothing to clear it up." See more »

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Featured in 1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

This Is What I Love
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Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
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Spoof or Goof?
5 June 2014 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

Unless someone tells you in advance that "Jupiter's Darling" is a spoof, you may be like me and wonder through the first part of the film exactly what you are watching. I thought it was a badly made "serious" musical. And I wonder if calling it a "spoof" forgives a film for its bad elements? Bad dancing. Stilted lyrics. Questionable artistic choices. Awkward moments. The beginning of this film is plagued with them. Once you take the film to be a spoof, some of them can be forgiven--IF you are sure that the silliness is intentional. I am not sure all of it is.

When Esther Williams sings "I Had a Dream", you might be surprised to hear her sing. I was. Then I learned that it was dubbed by Jo Ann Greer. Good choice of singer, because it sounds like Esther's voice. Note that she sings while swimming. That's a little awkward. And then the number turns (appropriately) into a dream sequence. Even if you find the film less than excellent, it's a number that is interesting--filmed to give the illusion that it was done without coming up for air.

Howard Keel, as Hannibal, is the romantic interest. He lends his booming voice to some silly lyrics. I had the recurring impression I was listening to The Grinch.

Another interesting thing: the opening line of one song ("Don't Let This Night Get Away") sounded remarkably like the opening line of "A Woman in Love" from "Guys and Dolls", released the same year.

Besides the underwater dance sequence I mentioned, there is another that is worth seeing for its uniqueness. Marge and Gower Champion sing "The Life of an Elephant" while dancing among elephants that perform tricks. Both sequences must have been tedious to film.

One element that that I found superior throughout was the costuming.


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