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It Happened in Athens (1962)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy | June 1962 (USA)
In 1896 it is announced that the Olympic Games will be revived in Athens. A young shepherd, Spiridon Loues, decides to enter the 26-mile marathon. Once in Athens, he meets Christina Gratsos... See full summary »

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Eleni Costa
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Nico Minardos ...
Lt. Alexi Vinardos
Bob Mathias ...
Coach Graham
Xenia Kalogeropoulou ...
Christina Gratsos (as Maria Xénia)
Ivan Triesault ...
Grandpa Loues / Mr. Trisapopolis
Lili Valenty ...
Mama Loues
Titos Vandis ...
Father Loues
Charles Fawcett ...
Ambassador Cyrus T. Gaylord
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De Coubertin
Roger Browne ...
Drake (as Bill Browne)
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Maria Loues (as Marion Silva)
Paul Muller ...
Priest
Gustavo De Nardo ...
George
Roger Fradet ...
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In 1896 it is announced that the Olympic Games will be revived in Athens. A young shepherd, Spiridon Loues, decides to enter the 26-mile marathon. Once in Athens, he meets Christina Gratsos, a young woman from his hometown who is now the personal maid of Eleni Costa, Greece's most glamorous actress. Though he has arrived after the qualification date, Spiridon's athletic prowess so impresses Coach Graham of the American team that he is permitted to enter the contest. Eleni informs the press that she will marry the victor, confident it will be her lover, Lieutenant Vinardos. Written by alfiehitchie

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When Jayne Becomes the Olympic Prize...It's An Outdoor Variation on an Inside Sport!

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June 1962 (USA)  »

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Sucedió en Atenas  »

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Cinematographer Curt Courant's last picture. See more »

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Though the film is set at the time of the first modern Olympic Games at the dawn of the 20th Century, from far away it is noticeable that the people in the crowd are from the 1960s as they're wearing 1960s fashions. See more »

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A light hearted comedy set at the first Olympics
7 November 1999 | by (Newcastle Upon Tyne,England) – See all my reviews

This is a frivolous light hearted comedy about about Greek farm boy, Trax Colton, who decides to enter the first Olympics in 1896. The movie follows his struggles through to his success. It's amusing to watch the primitive conditions athletes competed under back then, and the lack of formality. Real-life Olympic hero Bob Mathias plays the American captain. A real attraction is Jayne Mansfield, who as a beauty promises to marry the winner of the marathon. She appears in a number of skimpy, revealing costumes, trying to tempt the virtuous Colton, to humorous effect.


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