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Love Is Better Than Ever (1952)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 23 February 1952 (USA)
The dancing teacher Anastasia falls in love with the smart theatre agent Jud. He likes her, too, but does not want to give up his solo life at all. Thus she plans a trap for him...

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Larry Parks ... Jud Parker
Elizabeth Taylor ... Anastacia (Stacie) Macaboy
Josephine Hutchinson ... Mrs. Macaboy
Tom Tully ... Mr. Charles E. Macaboy
Ann Doran ... Mrs. Levoy
Elinor Donahue ... Pattie Marie Levoy (as Elinor Donohue)
Kathleen Freeman ... Mrs. Kahrney
Doreen McCann Doreen McCann ... Albertina Kahrney
Alex Gerry ... Hamlet
Dick Wessel ... Smittie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Lee Billy Lee ... Little Boy
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Storyline

The dancing teacher Anastasia falls in love with the smart theatre agent Jud. 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 Volker Boehm

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It's Liz in a Whiz of a Racy Romance!

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nunca el amor fue más bello See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In 1951 star Larry Parks was among the first Hollywood personalities to admit that he had been a member of the Communist Party, in testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee. He was subsequently among those blacklisted in Hollywood, and the release of this film was delayed as a result. See more »

Quotes

Kid: I'm a grape.
Jud Parker: I'm happy for you.
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Soundtracks

The Itsy Bitsy Spider
(uncredited)
Traditional children's song
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This Could Have Been Better and was
13 April 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Even though the performers are kid performers Love Is Better Than Ever suffers from the fact that a musical performer should obviously have been in the lead. I'm guessing that Debbie Reynolds must have been otherwise engaged because this was clearly a vehicle that would have been good for her. Similarly MGM could have cast Marge and Gower Champion in the leads and given the Larry Parks role a dancing background to make it fit Gower.

Instead Elizabeth Taylor was assigned the role of the young dancing hopeful looking for a big break and who runs a dancing school to keep the bills paid. Liz clearly does not look comfortable doing the musical parts although she doesn't have to worry about the kids outshining her.

She meets up with Larry Parks who is a theatrical agent and a player and although he breaks her heart at first, she's determined to trap him. In fact she makes it a family project with parents Tom Tully and Josephine Hutchinson in on the game.

MGM took this same idea and did it much better three years later with The Tender Trap starring Frank Sinatra and wait for it Debbie Reynolds. That film is told from the man's point of view, but it is infinitely superior to Love Is Better Than Ever.

MGM held up the release of Love Is Better Than Ever because of the blacklist which Larry Parks was prominently on. When they did release it was in deference to Elizabeth Taylor whom they were trying to build up. The film did neither of their careers any good.


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