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I Love Melvin (1953)

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Melvin Hoover, a budding photographer for Look magazine, accidentally bumps into a young actress named Judy LeRoy in the park. They start to talk and Melvin soon offers to do a photo spread... See full summary »

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Judy Schneider / Judy LeRoy
Una Merkel ...
Mom Schneider
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Harry Flack
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Frank Schneider
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Mr. Henneman
Noreen Corcoran ...
Clarabelle Schneider
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Mergo
Barbara Ruick ...
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Himself, Cameo Appearance in Judy's Dream
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Melvin Hoover, a budding photographer for Look magazine, accidentally bumps into a young actress named Judy LeRoy in the park. They start to talk and Melvin soon offers to do a photo spread of her. His boss, however, has no intention of using the photos. Melvin wants to marry Judy, but her father would rather she marry dull and dependable Harry Black. As a last resort, Melvin promises to get Judy's photo on the cover of the next issue of Look, a task easier said than done. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Songs! Dances! Joy! as a boy promises to get his girl's picture on a LOOK magazine cover! See more »


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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

Howard Keel was to have originally been the star in Judy (Debbie Reynolds)'s dream, but Keel and his song "And There You Are" were cut after previews and replaced with a brief scene between Reynolds and 'Robert Taylor'. See more »

Goofs

During the "I Wanna Wander" around-the-world sequence, the color of Melvin's roller skate wheels change throughout the "Ups and Downs" number, indicating special "locked" wheels that allowed him to perform the tap number with the skates. See more »

Quotes

Mergo: It'll work! You know, I wouldn't do this for a friend of mine. He might get in trouble. With you, I don't care.
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Soundtracks

We Have Never Met, As Yet
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Music by Josef Myrow
Performed by Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor
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A real surprise package.
8 September 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film is an absolute delight from the pre-credit sequence where Debbie Reynolds writes the title of the film in lipstick on a mirror to the hilarious chase through Central Park at the end. In between Debbie dreams of becoming a Hollywood star in some magnificently staged dream sequences, thanks to the genius of Cedric Gibbons, in one of which she meets Robert Taylor as Robert Taylor! In another sequence she dances with three dancers in Fred Astaire masks and three in Gene Kelly masks - before winning an Oscar! Great stuff.

Debbie is perfect as both great movie star and girl next door. Her Broadway performance as a football is a riot. Equally good is Donald O'Connor as her lover and aspiring photographer. His roller-skate sequence is brilliant, as is a dance sequence in which he travels the world and plays numerous characters (again thanks to Gibbons). There is great support from Allyn Joslyn, as Debbie's exasperated father, and from Jim Backus as a crabby photographer. And the little girl has a good song too.

The score is jazzy and upbeat, and it's great to see the real Central Park and other New York locations, shot in gorgeous technicolor. I think this terrific musical is very under-rated.


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