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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$2,813,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While MGM musicals had traditionally been guaranteed box office bonanzas, Lovely to Look At (1952) was one of several starry, big-budget productions that failed commercially in the early-to-mid 1950s, as a result of audiences lured into staying home by their television sets. The film's failure resulted in a loss of $735,000 ($7M in 2018), according to studio records. Other MGM musicals that would follow suit: Brigadoon (1954), Rose Marie (1954), The Student Prince (1954), Hit the Deck (1955), It's Always Fair Weather (1955), Jupiter's Darling (1955) and Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956). See more »

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In one scene Stephanie and Tony ride through the park in a carriage. About once per minute the background jerks and then repeats showing that it is back projected on a loop. See more »

Quotes

Tony Naylor: Paris isn't bricks and steel and mortar. Paris is a beautiful woman! The perfect hostess. She dines you, wines you, entertains you. She sees to it that you meet someone wonderful. And then after you fall in love, she discreetly leaves you alone.
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Featured in That's Entertainment, Part II (1976) See more »

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The Most Exciting Night
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Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Howard Keel
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A re-make of "Roberta" minus almost everything but a couple songs.
2 August 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Roberta" (1935) was based on a play of the same name. Now here in 1952, MGM decided to remake it. However, they didn't really like the plot and the characters and so all they really kept were the songs and a few pieces here and there. Not exactly a re-make, huh?

I should point out that the reason I watched this is because I really like Red Skelton films. But, I don't usually like him in musicals because then his comedy clearly takes a back seat. Can this film somehow be a good musical AND a good Skelton vehicle?

Al (Skelton) and his two buddies (Howard Keel and Gower Champion) are trying to get backers for their Broadway show...but with no luck. Then, out of the blue, Al receives a telegram...his aunt in Paris has died and left him her fancy dress business. So, the three head to Paris...intent on selling the place and using the money for their show. But there's a problem...Al is smitten with one of the ladies running the business (Kathryn Grayson) and has a hard time telling her of his intentions. The same happens with his buddies and they decide, instead, to try to make the place even bigger and grander...and they seem to have forgotten about their play. This is odd...even odder is their idea of turning this dress shop into a combination dress shop and night club of sorts! If this sounds confusing, welcome to the club!!

The confusion gets worse when practically everyone seems to have fallen in love with Tony (Keel)...and you wonder whether he'll end up with Stephanie (Grayson) or Bubbles (Ann Miller) or the one he really seems to be in love with...Tony! As for the third friend, Jerry (Gower Champion) says very little and is really only there to do fancy dance numbers with his real life wife, Marge Champion.

So is this any good? Well, it depends. If you love a big, long and very splashy dance sequence at the end and don't mind that the film has many formulaic elements (pretty much all of them are embodied in Tony!), then you'll no doubt enjoy it. As for me, I wanted more comedy, more Skelton and less of everything else. Mildly entertaining and that's all.


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