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I Love Melvin (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 20 March 1953 (USA)
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
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Mom Schneider
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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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Melvin works for "Look" magazine, a real photo-magazine which ran from 1937 - 1971. It was an extremely popular competitor to other other large-size magazines of its day and ran second only to "Life", beating out "The Saturday Evening Post" and "Colliers". See more »

Quotes

Melvin: [Extending his hand] Oh, I'm Melvin Hoover, "Look"
Mr. Schneider: Look at what?
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Featured in That's Entertainment! III (1994) See more »

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Saturday Afternoon Before the Game
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Music by Josef Myrow
Performed by Debbie Reynolds and chorus
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Sparkling
6 February 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Talk about an energy crisis! None of that here. Reynolds and O'Connor generate enough sheer bounce to light up a city. This is Reynolds at her most likable, a chorus girl with ambitions beyond being a human football. It's also O'Connor at his nimble toed best. They're an ideal pairing. There's not much plot, but when did a musical need much story. Melvin loves Judy, Judy loves Melvin, but first poor Mel must get past cranky Dad and then past rival Harry Flack. Good thing he's a photographer for Look magazine. Okay, if you remember Look and Life, you probably saw the movie in a theatre. The year is 1953, the Korean War is over, Ike's in the White House, and the economy has taken off. It's the 50's of Ozzie and Harriet, and happily, that carefree spirit percolates throughout the movie's candy box colors.

It's also the kind of movie dream factory MGM specialized in, a chance for their younger performers to show their stuff. But catch oldster Jim Backus as O'Connor's boss. His array of comedic expressions are a real hoot. The music may be forgettable, but the dancing is infectious. Thanks to the kids' charm and sparkle, plus fast-moving direction, the movie's an unheralded little gem. Then too, if you like this musical, catch up with The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953). It's with Reynolds and Bobby Van, and is just as sparkling as this companion sleeper.


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