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Love Is Better Than Ever (1952)

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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Stanley Donen
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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:

O Melhor é Casar See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Anastacia Macaboy: I had no idea you had to work this hard to get married!
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Soundtracks

On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the piano at the dance school
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Based on this evidence, let's hope not!
5 August 2006 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

The young Elizabeth Taylor looks gorgeous. But she wears an unbecoming hairstyle. I have read about Larry Parks but never before this seen him in anything. I am very sympathetic to the tribulations he endured as a result of HUAC. Nevertheless, in this movie, he turns in such a sour, uninterested performance, he sinks the movie.

Not that there is much to sink. Taylor, yes. And Tom Tully, droll as her father. However, the ploy is negligible. And, as she plays a dancing teacher, we see dancing children. I love children but not here! The ostensibly cute dance scenes we have to watch wouldn't make it into a small town talent contest.

Maybe MGM was trying to figure out what to do with Taylor, no longer the child of "National Velvet." Thankfully, we have her earlier movies and many, many later ones.


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