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Athena (1954)

Passed | | Musical, Romance, Comedy | 4 November 1954 (USA)
Attorney, Purdom, and singer, Damone, romance two sisters, Reynolds and Powell, who live with and are strongly influenced by eccentric, health oriented and star gazing grandparents.


Richard Thorpe


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Powell ... Athena Mulvain
Debbie Reynolds ... Minerva Mulvain
Virginia Gibson ... Niobe Mulvain
Nancy Kilgas Nancy Kilgas ... Aphrodite Mulvain
Dolores Starr Dolores Starr ... Calliope Mulvain
Jane Fischer Jane Fischer ... Medea Mulvain
Cecile Rogers Cecile Rogers ... Ceres Mulvain
Edmund Purdom ... Adam Calhorn Shaw
Vic Damone ... Johnny Nyle
Louis Calhern ... Grandpa Ulysses Mulvain
Evelyn Varden ... Grandma Salome Mulvain
Linda Christian ... Beth Hallson
Ray Collins ... Mr. Tremaine
Carl Benton Reid ... Mr. Griswalde
Howard Wendell Howard Wendell ... Mr. Grenville


Attorney, Purdom, and singer, Damone, romance two sisters, Reynolds and Powell, who live with and are strongly influenced by eccentric, health oriented and star gazing grandparents. Written by Anonymous

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The M-G-M Musical with young ideas!


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Release Date:

4 November 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Tentações de Adão See more »

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Technical Specs


| (original)

Sound Mix:

Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Even as late as 1954, Hollywood actors - in their shirtless scenes - generally wore their pants or bathing suits or loincloths high enough to cover their navels. In the Mr. Universe contest toward the end of this movie, the contestants wear snug-fitting, low-rising bathing suits which reveal several inches of skin below the navel. At the time, this must have been considered something of a "breakthrough." See more »


Right before Debbie Reynolds and Vic Damone go into the musical number in the health store, the microphone shadow passes over the cardboard cutout of the counter top muscle man advertising Viatalo. See more »


Adam Calhorn Shaw: You earned $100,000 singing?
Johnny Nyle: Well, you probably wouldn't call it singing. I'm a crooner.
Adam Calhorn Shaw: There ought to be a law against that.
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Music by Hugh Martin
Lyrics by Ralph Blane
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Strictly for fans of Jane Powell.
26 April 2003 | by gregcoutureSee all my reviews

On a visit some weeks ago to my local Hollywood Video store, I noticed this title available among the VHS tapes in the Musicals section. Since I knew it had not been produced in CinemaScope (and therefore wouldn't suffer from the dread "formatting") and being a Jane Powell fan from 'way back, I rented it. It is certainly an odd concoction for a very conservative major studio of the mid-Fifties era; studio bound; directed by the pedestrian Richard Thorpe; packed with a cast selected to appeal, presumably, to the the younger members of its potential audience; and not as overflowing with musical numbers as I had hoped.

Jane is as pretty as ever, in overlit but warmly rich Eastmancolor, chirrupping in her matchless colortura; Debbie Reynolds lends her usual lively support; Vic Damone, despite his eminently listenable baritone, once again demonstrates why he never became a top boxoffice draw; and Edmund Purdom is perfectly cast as an unlikely stuffed-shirt suitor to Jane's way-out-there Athena. One can only imagine the chasm of misunderstandings that would bedevil their future marital bliss. With the elegant Louis Calhern as an unlikely patriarch, health and fitness obsessed, and the lovable Evelyn Varden as his woozy mate, convinced that astrology is the key to happiness. Add a passel of pre-steroid Muscle Beach denizens, including the handsome Steve Reeves and Ed Fury, before their emigration to Italy to appear in all those Hercules epics, and you've got a brew that's not really indigestible but doesn't really coalesce as its makers may have hoped.

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