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One Touch of Venus -- When a long-lost statue of Venus turns out to be the lovely goddess herself on an earthly assignment, a hapless department store employee suddenly becomes the object of a furious employer and a jealous fiancée.


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Release Date:
August 1948 (USA) See more »
LOVE'S LITTLE BUSY BODY ...and how you'll love to watch HER work! See more »
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 »
Blu-ray, DVD Release: One Touch of Venus
 (From Disc Dish. 23 April 2013, 12:55 PM, PDT)

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Robert Walker meets a heavenly goddess See more (38 total) »


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Robert Walker ... Eddie Hatch

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

Eve Arden ... Molly Stewart

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

Sara Allgood ... Landlady
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 (suggested by "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 (director of photography) (as Frank Planer)
Film Editing by
Otto Ludwig (film editor)
Art Direction by
Bernard Herzbrun 
Emrich Nicholson  (as Emrich H. Nicholson)
Set Decoration by
A. Roland Fields (set decorations) (as Al Fields)
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations)
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 photography
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 .... songs: arranged and conducted by (as Leon Arnaud)
Ann Ronell .... new lyrics
Eileen Wilson .... singing voice: Ava Gardner (uncredited)
Other crew
Lester Cowan .... presenter
Cheryl Crawford .... producer: original musical production (as Crawford)
Billy Daniel .... dance director (as Billy Daniels)
Elia Kazan .... stager: original musical production
John J. Wildberg .... producer: original musical production (as Wildberg)
Pat Betz .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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82 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

Mary Pickford bought the screen rights to the original Broadway musical comedy for $150,000, intending to film it with the original cast, which included Mary Martin. The plan was abandoned when Martin became pregnant.See more »
Molly Grant:[to the statue] To Venus, the Goddess of Love! May she stay on the job and take care of all of us!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Costume Designer (1950)See more »
Don't Look Now But My Heart is ShowingSee more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Robert Walker meets a heavenly goddess, 14 March 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

During and after World War II, fantasy was big in Hollywood. It wasn't just escapism; it was all the thinking about death as many loved ones were lost. It's no wonder we had so many people coming back ("Here Comes Mr. Jordan"), facing the pearly gates or the hotter ones ("Heaven Can Wait"), or meeting angels in human form ("The Bishop's Wife"). We also had a visits from the big goddesses. How fitting that two women closest to being goddesses in human form actually played them - Rita Hayworth as Terpsichore in 1947's "Down to Earth," and of course, Ava Gardner as Venus in "One Touch of Venus." "One Touch of Venus" is based on the Broadway musical of the same name that was revived in London a few years ago with Melissa Errico, but never came to New York. Alas, there aren't many songs in this version but the most famous song, "Speak Low When You Speak Love" remains. The film stars Gardner, Robert Walker, Dick Haymes, Olga San Juan, Tom Conway, and Eve Arden. Walker works in a department store where a magnificent statue of Venus is about to be unveiled. On an impulse, he kisses it, and she comes to life. He falls madly in love with her, while his girlfriend (San Juan) flips out for his friend (Haymes). When the statue is discovered missing, the police assume that Walker knows something about it, since he was fixing the presentation curtain and claims that she then came to life.

Walker is an energetic delight as he chases Venus. After this film, he was institutionalized, and by 1951, his boyishness was gone as he entered what should have been the greatest part of his career with a magnificent performance in "Strangers on a Train." Instead, he only made one more film after that, dying in 1951. Looking at him in "One Touch of Venus," it's hard to imagine he had any demons. Eve Arden is hilarious as the secretary in unrequited love with her boss, Tom Conway. He's seen Venus sleeping in the home department and fallen for her as well. Haymes sings beautifully, and San Juan is pert and pretty as a young woman suddenly torn between two men. But all eyes are on Ava Gardner's dazzling beauty. She's a perfect embodiment of Venus with her flawless face, figure, and soft voice. Even though as a younger woman she had tried singing with a band, she wasn't a singer, so her voice is dubbed in this by Eileen Wilson. Like Hayworth, early in her career, she sometimes played roles that required vocals, and like Hayworth, she was always dubbed.

The best scene in the film takes place in the park toward the end. It's exuberant and thrilling - you won't want it to end. That scene sums up this lovely fantasy with a divine Ava, and you can't get any better than that.

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