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The dancing teacher Anastacia "Stacie" Macaboy (Dame Elizabeth Taylor) falls in love with the smart theatre agent Jud Parker (Larry Parks). He likes her, too, but does not want to give up his solo life at all. Thus she plans a trap for him.Written by
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Larry Parks? C'mon, where's the real leading man?
This lightweight rom-com is probably only noteworthy for being one of several vehicles that MGM used in the early '50's to transition their former child/teen star, Elizabeth Taylor, into more adult roles. Here she plays a young Connecticut woman, still living with her parents, who falls for a free-wheeling NYC bachelor and decides to reel him to be her husband despite his repeated attempts to avoid her snares.
On the surface, this may have worked as very lighthearted romantic comedy similar to the 1948 film, "Every Girl Should Be Married" which featured a young woman (Betsy Drake) using all sorts of feminine wiles to ensnare a bachelor pediatrician (Cary Grant) into marriage. While "Every Girl Should Be Married" is certainly no great film, it was entertaining mainly because it had Cary Grant who could be believable as the object of a young woman's romantic obsession.
Unfortunately, "Love is Better Than Ever" doesn't have Cary Grant. Instead, it has Larry Parks. Who? Good question. From the opening moments of the film, one's jaw drops when a homely, middle-aged man walks onto the screen as the film's main character and the soon to be supposed romantic ideal for Elizabeth Taylor's character. Mr. Parks looks like somebody's dad or the nebbish next door. He does NOT look like the lead of a romantic comedy. His introduction as the film's lead almost instantly kills the film.
Mr. Parks was nearly 20 yrs older than Miss Taylor. Plus, in the looks department, Mr. Parks isn't in the same continent, let alone the same league as 19 yr old Liz. Yet, the audience was supposed to believe that her character would pursue him?!?! Movies often demand a suspension of disbelief, but this film demands way too much.
Yes, it was unfair that Mr. Parks' career was derailed by his testimony before HUAC just as it was really gaining momentum. (He got top billing over Miss Taylor for this film.) However, he was woefully miscast for this part, and that mistake pretty much killed this film from its very inception.
In sum: a tepid rom-com with a laughable male lead and an extremely pretty Liz Taylor who is often costumed in very skimpy dancing clothes. (As stated, her studio wanted to show her off as an adult actress.)
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