Melvin, a photographer for Look magazine, meets Judy and he wants to marry her. Her father is against that and as a last resort, Melvin promises to get Judy's photo on the cover of the next issue, a task easier said than done.


Don Weis


George Wells (screenplay), Ruth Brooks Flippen (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »





Complete credited cast:
Donald O'Connor ... Melvin Hoover
Debbie Reynolds ... Judy Schneider / Judy LeRoy
Una Merkel ... Mom Schneider
Richard Anderson ... Harry Flack
Allyn Joslyn ... Frank Schneider
Les Tremayne ... Mr. Henneman
Noreen Corcoran ... Clarabelle Schneider
Jim Backus ... Mergo
Barbara Ruick ... Studio Guide
Robert Taylor ... Robert Taylor-Cameo Appearance in Judy's Dream


Melvin Hoover, a budding photographer for Look magazine, accidentally bumps into a young actress named Judy LeRoy in the park. They start to talk and Melvin soon offers to do a photo spread of her. His boss, however, has no intention of using the photos. Melvin wants to marry Judy, but her father would rather she marry dull and dependable Harry Black. As a last resort, Melvin promises to get Judy's photo on the cover of the next issue of Look, a task easier said than done. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <>

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Songs! Dances! Joy! as a boy promises to get his girl's picture on a LOOK magazine cover! See more »


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Melvin works for "Look" magazine, a real photo-magazine which ran from 1937 - 1971. It was an extremely popular competitor to other other large-size magazines of its day and ran second only to "Life", beating out "The Saturday Evening Post" and "Colliers". See more »


Mrs. Schneider: Judy! Come on, get up! It's late! JUDY!
Judy: Aw, Mom, Bob Taylor was just saying something important!
Mrs. Schneider: Oh, come on!
Judy: Oh, just five minutes! Maybe I can dream him back!
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Featured in That's Entertainment! III (1994) See more »


Life Has Its Funny Little Ups and Downs
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Music by Josef Myrow
Performed by Noreen Corcoran and Donald O'Connor
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How sad that the 'age of the movie musicals' has been allowed to fade into the sunset.
21 April 2004 | by MADUMONDSee all my reviews

I was eleven years old when I saw "I Love Melvin" and, immediately, fell in love with Donald O'Connor. He was teamed with Debbie Reynolds and I was sooooo jealous of her. It was my dream to become a dancer/singer/actor when I 'grew up'. But, for then, I lived for those visits to the local theatre where I could fill my soul with the glitz, glamour and wonder of it all. At that time, I had no way of knowing that this wonderful genre would, over the years, fade away from absolute glory to the dusty archives of today. Thank God for these websites, where we surviving lovers can rekindle those old flames by buying or renting our favorites. How comforting to know the actors will be forever young, in our eyes; and, in our hearts, so will we.

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20 March 1953 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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