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The Girl Who Had Everything (1953)

Approved | | Romance, Drama | 27 March 1953 (USA)
Attorney's daughter falls for one of his gangster clients.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Art Cohn, Adela Rogers St. Johns (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Jean Latimer
Fernando Lamas ... Victor Y. Raimondi
William Powell ... Steve Latimer
Gig Young ... Vance Court
James Whitmore ... Charles 'Chico' Menlow
Robert Burton ... John Ashmond
Bill Walker ... Julian (as William Walker)
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Storyline

Attorney's daughter falls for one of his gangster clients.

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Genres:

Romance | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Life of Her Own See more »

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Budget:

$665,000 (estimated)
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was a mild success at the box office resulting in MGM earning a profit of $116,000 ($1.1M in 2018) according to studio records. See more »

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Version of A Free Soul (1931) See more »

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Jean is either an idiot or a screwball!
19 September 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Steve Latimer (William Powell) is a hotshot defense attorney. However, problems develop when his daughter, Jean (Elizabeth Taylor), becomes fascinated with a scum-bag gangster that her father is defending. Steve advises her to keep away--he knows that Victor (Fernando Lamas) is bad news. But Jean is either really stupid or has some really bad personality defects and soon is chasing after this charming creep. Regardless why, she seems willing to give up on her nice-guy boyfriend, Vance (Gig Young), and live life on the wild side. Her permissive father is alarmed...but also not about to demand she call off this relationship. What's next?

While the idea of a seemingly nice girl hanging with a scummy gangster might seem ridiculous, there are folks like this. I used to work with prisoners as well as do counseling and saw many seemingly normal ladies being swept off their feet by evil men. I don't get it, but it isn't really that unrealistic and I can't fault the movie for this plot line. It's very possible that Jean has a Borderline Personality--and folks like this crave excitement even if it is very harmful and stupid!

So is it any good? Well, the acting is lovely---and I love William Powell's seemingly effortless performance. He's the best thing about the film. Sadly, this film is William Powell's last film with MGM and he'd only go on to make two more films before retiring. Apparently he had some cognitive slippage and was having more and more trouble remembering his lines. It's a shame, as he was a heck of an actor and always made it look so effortless. But at least he knew when to call it a day.

Overall, I'd recommend this one. It's slickly made, well written and offers little to complain about...and I usually LIKE to complain! It was tough and enjoyable throughout...especially the ending. An excellent film.


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