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One Touch of Venus (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical | August 1948 (USA)
Fantasy comedy about a young window dresser who kisses a statue of Venus, which then comes to life in the form of Ava Gardner. The problems begin, however, when Venus falls in love with him.

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Gloria
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Kerrigan
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Landlady
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Mercury (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

In the art department of a large department store, the statue of the famed Anatolian Venus comes to life and falls in love with Eddie Hatch, a window trimmer. Just before the unveiling of the prized statue, Eddie takes "Venus" to the model-display house in the store, where the store's boss finds her. He, too, falls in love with her and makes her Glamour Girl Number One. Eddie and Venus dance in Central Park, but Eddie is arrested for stealing the statue. Venus goes back to her pedestal and Eddie is released. While Eddie is sadly preparing for another unveiling, a new employee asks him a question. She tells him her name is Venus Jones. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Also Known As:

Venus macht Seitensprünge  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original plans for filming this property in 1945 for United Artists included Mary Martin (from the original cast) with Frank Sinatra, Clifton Webb and Bert Lahr, with Sam Coslow producing for Mary Pickford. Pickford felt that only Webb had any box-office pull and was hesitant to commit $2 million of her own money to production. After much indecision she finally sold the rights to Lester Cowan at Universal. See more »

Quotes

Pretty girl: What's this about a certain "most eligible bachelor" falling in love with a statue?
Whitfield Savory: Perhaps, my dear, she reminds me of you.
[Walks away with Pretty Girl. ]
Molly Grant: Yeah, they both have large pedestals.
[Referring to statue and Pretty Girl. ]
Dowager: [Sashays up to Savory, who has reappeared] Whitfield, you remember my daughter, Brenda?
Whitfield Savory: Not little Brenda? You've - uh
[looks her over ]
Whitfield Savory:
  • grown, Brenda.

Molly Grant: [Reappears] Hatch is waiting, chief. He finished the drapes.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Evidently a few characters' names were changed during production, causing serious contradictions in various sources' cast lists. Haymes's character is just plain "Joe" (no surname), but some sources grafted onto him the surname "Grant" from Arden's character! As if that weren't bad enough, poor Arden (addressed by various characters as "Molly Grant" consistently through the film) finds herself wrongly identified in some sources as "Molly Stewart" (which is never the surname she bears in the actual film). See more »

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Referenced in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

That's Him
(uncredited)
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Ogden Nash
New lyrics by Ann Ronell
Sung by Ava Gardner (dubbed by Eileen Wilson), Olga San Juan and Eve Arden
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Such a treasure!
3 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie on television and I was so happy when the video came out. Could there be a more beautiful cast and such beautiful songs! Ava Gardner personifies Venus with her beautiful face and body. No body stockings there, her beautiful body is there to be seen! Eddie Hatch is a windows dresser in a department store, kisses the statue of Venus who is on display, who comes to life and spends several hours with Eddie until Zeus calls her home at midnight. Made me cry, Venus didn't want to go home to be a goddess, she wanted to be a mere mortal! And the beautiful songs -- "Don't Look Now But My Heart is Showing" -- a beautiful waltz, which is sung by the cast in Central Park. And "Speak Low When You Speak Love" -- how divine! So, Ava comes back as "Venus Jones" who will be working at the department store, after all the Cinderella stories come true! Lots and lots of tears.

I love this movie. Why isn't this on DVD yet? Don't get it!


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