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Jim Stauton Rogers ('WEndell Corey'), a Texas rancher turned international diplomat, take his young daughter,Elizabeth Rogers (Jane Powell), on a trip to Paris. He is concerned that his daughter might come in contact with her mother,Marie Devarone (Danielle Darrieux), a Parisian singer he met and loved more than twenty-five years ago. Written by
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Because of Vic Damone's contract with Mercury Records, he was not heard on the MGM Records soundtrack album. Consequently, two Damone-Jane Powell ballads from the Nicholas Brodszky-Sammy Cahn score - the Oscar-nominated "Wonder Why," also "I Can See You" - were rerecorded by both singers for their respective labels. In addition, Mercury issued a disc of "How D'Ya Like Your Eggs in the Morning?" featuring Mr. Damone with The Pied Pipers. In the film, Vic sang this sprightly ditty with Miss Powell and The Four Freshmen. Their soundtrack recording is among the "Romantic Duets From MGM Classics," released on CD by Rhino. A fourth Powell-Damone match-up (and also a Danielle Darrieux-Fernando Lamas teaming in the film), a cozy strain called "We Never Talk Much (We Just Sit Around)," was redone by Miss Powell with male voices on an MGM Records single. The flip side had Jane performing a number sung and danced by Miss Darrieux' in the picture, "L'Amour Toujours (Tonight for Sure)." "Wonder Why," the Powell-Damone rendition plus Jane's solo version, along with her three other commercial takes, can be encountered on a CD named "A Heart That's Free," issued by Flare, a British label. See more »
[Elizabeth has just met Andre, a Frenchman who speaks with an American accent.]
That's funny. You don't speak with a French accent.
My father is English, so I was educated in England.
But you don't speak with an English accent.
Why should I? I'm French!
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I read a review that stated that this movie was filmed before Royal Wedding, but this isn't so. Royal Wedding, starring Fred Astaire, was filmed before this movie and it was Royal Wedding which made Jane Powell no longer a teenage movie star but a full blown adult performer! Her movie Three Weeks With Love with Ricardo Montalban was a tell tale sign that it was time for Jane Powell to throw away her teenager costumes once and for all and become an adult. She, Debbie Reynolds, and Natalie Wood were just three of the very few who made it from teenage performer to adult performers in the movies.
So, after Royal Wedding, Jane Powell was slated for Rich, Young, and Pretty, but there was a problem; she found out that she was pregnant, so much of the shooting had to be done as quickly as possible with many of scenes filmed waist up. Danielle Darrieux had made her film debut in the U.S. in "The Rage of Paris" and hated the movie so much that there was nothing that could stop her from returning to Paris, but the script, her role, and the fact that she got to sing and dance in a Technicolor musical was enough to entice her back for Rich, Young, and Pretty! Good thing too! She was great!
This was Vic Damone's first movie for Hollowood, and as my Mom said, "Everyone was swooning over Vic's Cow-eyes! What can one say about Una Merckle? Una is Una. She played servant in the Jeannette McDonald version of The Merry Widow and repeated the same role in the Lana Turner version, which was the best of the two, and repeated the servant role in Rich, Young, and Pretty, with a pretty, good, feisty performance especially in the end.
As far as the songs are forgettable? This will sum up this movie and my review. Because of lack of space, I could give you word for word of all the songs in the movie, and I'm going to prove it:
"They say that Paris is charming and light hearted, over and over again. They said in Paris no star shines as brightly, as Paris again, and again. They say her bonnets are lyrical sonnets. They've said it with word and with pen. They say that Paris makes April complete. They say that Taxi's makes songs in her streets. Although these things they repeat and repeat, but I like to think instead: That Paris is sort of the things that left, unsaid!"
The songs are forgettable and not memorable? I don't think so!
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