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The Girl Who Had Everything (1953)

Approved | | Romance, Drama | 27 March 1953 (USA)
Attorney's daughter falls for one of his gangster clients.

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Not a lavish MGM production despite the star power of Elizabeth Taylor and William Powell (in his last Metro appearance, and just two pictures - How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and Mister Roberts (1955) - away from retirement), this movie went unnoticed by the contemporary film critics at The New York Times. See more »

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Version of A Free Soul (1931) See more »

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Decent Remake with Great Cast
19 March 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Girl Who Had Everything (1953)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Decent remake of A FREE SOUL has William Powell playing a lawyer who gets his scumbag client (Fernando Lamas) off some serious charges only to live to regret it when his spoiled daughter (Elizabeth Taylor) starts to date him. The lawyer tries to talk some sense into his daughter but as the title says, he's always given her everything she's wanted so she's not willing to take his advice. This MGM production had big shoes to fill as the original 1931 version featured Lionel Barrymore playing the role of the father, which ended up getting him the Oscar and it also featured Norma Shearer as his daughter and Clark Gable in the role of the gangster. Both versions have good and bad things so it's really hard to compare the two as this one here at least changes up quite a bit of things including the ending and also missing are various courtroom scenes. It's funny to see such a powerful cast and then watch the movie and realize that this is basically a "B" picture that doesn't have any of the lavish production that you'd expect from the studio and the cast. This actually somewhat helps the film because we never get too much melodrama, although it's constantly on display. Thankfully the film runs a short 69-minutes and it doesn't overstay its welcome at that time but had this thing gone on another twenty minutes or so then it would have been a lot less entertaining. The best thing going for the movie are the three lead performances. Powell didn't get to show off his dramatic skills too often but he's very believable here and manages to turn in a fine performance. Taylor is as beautiful as always and also manages to turn in a good performance. Lamas was the real scene-stealer as he's perfect in the role of the gangster who lets his guard down. Gig Young and James Whitmore are both good in their supporting roles. As I said, there's certainly plenty of melodrama here and while there aren't as many hard-hitting scenes, this remake does offer up a few good things including a rather brutal finale that you'll see coming a mile away but it still hits home. While the movie is predictable there's no question that it's worth seeing thanks in large part to the terrific cast.


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