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Writers:
Harry Kurnitz (screenplay) and
Frank Tashlin (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
August 1948 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
LOVE'S LITTLE BUSY BODY ...and how you'll love to watch HER work! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: One Touch of Venus
 (From Disc Dish. 23 April 2013, 12:55 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
AVA - GODDESS OF LOVE See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Walker ... Eddie Hatch

Ava Gardner ... Venus
Dick Haymes ... Joe Grant

Eve Arden ... Molly Stewart

Olga San Juan ... Gloria
Tom Conway ... Whitfield Savory II
James Flavin ... Det. Kerrigan

Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Fogarty
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hugh Herbert ... Mercury (scenes deleted)
Harriet Bennet ... Woman in Park (uncredited)
Mary Benoit ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Reporter (uncredited)
Russ Conway ... Reporter (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Head Waiter (uncredited)
John Davidson ... Customer (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Shopper in Department Store (uncredited)
Helen Francell ... Woman in Park (uncredited)
Joel Friend ... Man in Park (uncredited)
Phil Garris ... Counterman (uncredited)
Dick Gordon ... Guest (uncredited)
George J. Lewis ... Detective #2 (uncredited)
Frances Mack ... Guest (uncredited)
Jerry Marlowe ... Reporter (uncredited)
Robert McCord ... Man in Park (uncredited)
George Meeker ... Mr. Crust (uncredited)
Joan Miller ... Reporter (uncredited)
Martha Montgomery ... Pretty Girl (uncredited)
Anne Nagel ... Reporter (uncredited)

Arthur O'Connell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Detective #1 (uncredited)
Pat Parrish ... Girl (uncredited)
Kenneth Patterson ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ralph Peters ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Yvette Reynard ... Girl (uncredited)
Pat Shade ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Reporter (uncredited)
John Valentine ... Stammers (uncredited)
Josephine Whittell ... Dowager (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Seiter 
Gregory La Cava (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Harry Kurnitz (screenplay) and
Frank Tashlin (screenplay)

S.J. Perelman (book) and
Ogden Nash (book)

F. Anstey (novel "The Tinted Venus" by)

Produced by
John Beck .... associate producer
Lester Cowan .... producer
William A. Seiter .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ann Ronell (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Franz Planer  (as Frank Planer)
 
Film Editing by
Otto Ludwig 
 
Art Direction by
Bernard Herzbrun 
Emrich Nicholson  (as Emrich H. Nicholson)
 
Set Decoration by
A. Roland Fields  (as Al Fields)
Russell A. Gausman 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Carmen Dirigo .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Howard Christie .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Holland .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Joe Lapis .... sound
 
Special Effects by
David S. Horsley .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sherman Clark .... still photographer (uncredited)
Dave Ragin .... camera operator (uncredited)
Everett Smith .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo Arnaud .... musical director (as Leon Arnaud)
Ann Ronell .... additional lyrics
Eileen Wilson .... singing voice: Ava Gardner (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lester Cowan .... presenter
Cheryl Crawford .... producer: Original stage production (as Crawford)
Billy Daniel .... dance director
Elia Kazan .... staged by: Original stage production
John J. Wildberg .... producer: Original stage production (as Wildberg)
Pat Betz .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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82 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
Susanna Foster was offered the lead role, but declined.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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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Costume Designer (1950)See more »
Soundtrack:
That's HimSee more »

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31 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
AVA - GODDESS OF LOVE, 14 March 2003
Author: Howard Morley (luke@morleys.demon.co.uk) from London, England

After being married to Jennifer Jones (who is/was my particular 1940's screen love goddess), Robert Walker stars opposite a very erotic Ava Gardner, described by film critics in "The Naked Contessa" (1954) as, "...the most beautiful woman in the world", so she was aptly cast to play Venus, the goddess of love, in this 1948 production.

Robert Walker plays Eddie Hatch a lowly paid window dresser at the store owned by Whitfield Savory II (played by Tom Conway -George Sanders cousin).Eddie is instructed to ensure that the curtain will not snag at the forthcoming unveiling ceremony of the recently acquired statue of Venus.When finished, he impulsively kisses the statue which promptly comes to life! Eddie is to marry Gloria (Olga San Juan), who irritatingly keeps reminding Eddie they are to marry.They have drifted into their relationship and marriage just seems the next logical move - but who said love is logical!! However, Eddie's friend Joe, (Dick Haymes), secretly is in love with Gloria himself but he doesn't know it.Whitfield Savory II is likewise ignorant of his subconcious love for his efficient secretary, Molly Stewart, played by Eve Arden in one of her typical wise-cracking roles; (see her as Mildred Pierce's manager in the Oscar winning film of the same name (1945) opposite Joan Crawford.

I was mesmerized by Ava Gardner as she spreads her instinctive love to bring all these true lovers together, while working her magic on Eddie himself who is soon in love with her.Her task over, Jupiter, the head of The Gods summons her back to Mount Olympus and she returns as a statue at the store much to the relief of the store boss who thinks Eddie has stolen her whilst she is in her alter-ego.This sub-plot gives rise to some comic Keystone Cops chase abouts.Watch out for Sara Algood who plays Eddie's landlady, (see her in previous roles as Mrs Beth Morgan in "How Green Was My Valley (1941) and as Mrs Maile in "Cluny Brown" (1946).The song "Speak Low" is sung by Dick Haymes miming to his own recording while Ava effectivly mimes to another singer's voice.Another song about men problems, sung as a trio, features Ava, Olga & Eve.

The audience feels strong sympathy for Eddie and he is finally given his divine award when a very beautiful new store recruit called "Venus Jones" (Ava),appears in human form to him there.We have to assume this will become another love match engineered by Mount Olympus!

I found this film hugely enjoyable as I love classic 1940's films having made something of a speciality of them.It is a difficult title to find.I obtained mine by winning an e-Bay auction after searching on Robert Walker.

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