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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eleni Costa
Trax Colton ...
Lt. Alexi Vinardos
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
De Coubertin
Roger Browne ...
Drake (as Bill Browne)
Marion Siva ...
Maria Loues (as Marion Silva)
Roger Fradet ...


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!


Biography | Comedy


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Release Date:

June 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sucedió en Atenas  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Cinematographer Curt Courant's last picture. See more »


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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Pretty bad
14 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Awhile ago FMC was showing this film a lot, so I had an opportunity to watch it.

I found it rather difficult to watch this film all the way through. The acting was uninspired, the story was weak, and overall it just dragged.There were moments that were intended to be humorous that just fell flat. The actors don't seem interested in giving there all here for the most part. Maria Xenia makes some effort, but given the weak script there is little she could do.

I do think that it could have been interesting had there been a little more focus on the Olympics aspect and less on Mansfield's character attempting to seduce Colton's character. The seduction falls flat on screen. And it seems the actors are just embarrassing themselves.

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