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Lovely to Look At (1952)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  July 1952 (USA)
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Al Marsh, Tony Naylor and Jerry Ralby, Broadway producers, are desperately looking for backers. Al is one of the heirs of a dress salon in Paris, but this is almost bankrupt. The two other ... See full summary »

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Al Marsh
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Tony Naylor
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Clarisse
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Jerry Ralby
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Bubbles Cassidy
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Zsa Zsa
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Max Fogelsby
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Pierre
Diane Cassidy ...
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Al Marsh, Tony Naylor and Jerry Ralby, Broadway producers, are desperately looking for backers. Al is one of the heirs of a dress salon in Paris, but this is almost bankrupt. The two other heiresses, Stephanie and Clarisse and the three producers are able to convince the creditors to back a fashion show there. Things become complicated, when Al and Tony fall in love with Stephanie and Al's New York girl friend Bubbles arrives. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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M-G-M's Technicolor spectacle! Jerome Kern's music!


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El amor nació en París  »

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Trivia

Unlike MGM's 1951 remake of "Show Boat", the plot of the original Broadway show "Roberta", on which the movie "Lovely to Look At" is based, was almost entirely changed for the 1952 film, except for the situation of somebody inheriting a dress shop. But the two songs written for the 1935 film version of "Roberta" were retained for this film. Several of the songs from the show which were omitted from the 1935 film were brought back for Howard Keel to sing. See more »

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As Red Skelton bows and hits his head on the piano, the camera cuts to a long shot where he hits his head again. See more »

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Remake of Roberta (1935) See more »

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The Touch of Your Hand
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Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
Sung by Kathryn Grayson
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A very unfortunate remake
25 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can't remember the last time I saw such a wonderful, talented cast in such a forgettable movie. Take a look at that cast: Red Skelton, Howard Keel, Marge and Gower Champion, Ann Miller, even Zsa Zsa Gabor (and yes, I'm leaving out Grayson intentionally; she was not that talented). But the script is God-awful, and nothing works. What was the point of redoing a very exceptional previous movie, the 1930s Roberta with Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire, and Ginger Rodgers - and yes, Randolph Scott - if you weren't going to do something at least as good? Grayson can't hold a candle to Dunne when it comes to singing the big numbers in the show

  • Yesterdays, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes; they don't trust her with You're


Lovely to Look At, and give it to the chorus instead - and she certainly was not in Dunne's league as an actress. The Champions do a beautiful dance number with Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, which is probably the highlight of the movie, but they don't have any charisma as actors. Keel is a great singer and has real charisma as an actor, but he's largely wasted here, as is Skelton, who has an embarrassing comedy number.

If you know the 1930s Roberta, this will make you cringe. If you don't, it still won't hold your interest.

Why they bothered with this, I don't know. Everyone in it did much better elsewhere.


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