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One Touch of Venus
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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)

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would have been sharper with more songs 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)
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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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Runtime:
82 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
In January 1945, Agnes de Mille, who choreographed the 1943 Broadway musical, originally was announced to choreograph the Mary Pickford planned screen version.See more »
Quotes:
Molly Grant:[to Savory] I'll catch you a couple of flies, and you can pull their wings off!See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
would have been sharper with more songs, 15 April 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

A very short and sweet version of the Kurt Weill musical play, omitting most of the songs. Ava Gardner plays the statue which comes to life after being kissed by window dresser Robert Walker, and crooner Dick Haymes is also in the cast, at least adding his pleasant voice to the proceedings.

Gardner is a lot of fun in this and certainly looks the part, although I have seen many reviews where she has been really slated. She gives ‘Venus' a healthy dose of playful charm as she leads Walker astray and threatens his position within the firm. Walker himself is a little uncomfortable in this – later roles would give him more range and opportunity to make an impression on the viewer.

Not all bad but the musical sequences seem heavy-handed in places, and with some voices dubbed and others not it just makes the songs sound a bit odd. Directed by William A Seiter, who had done musical comedies for RKO more than a decade earlier.

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Speak Low (when you speak love) Elgroovio
Walker was adorable in this!!! :) khawley91
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So where is the DVD? paulb_30
Am I the only one?... cadreaming8
Venus statue same in Contessa?? CushyJob
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