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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.

Director:

Richard Thorpe
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The M-G-M Musical with young ideas!


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Athena See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

This project was initiated by Esther Williams as a vehicle for herself, combining swimming sequences with the satiric yet earnest pro-health-related aspects of the plot. However, while Williams was at work on Easy to Love (1953), producer Joe Pasternak usurped the project, which he refashioned as a vehicle for Jane Powell. In later years, Williams revealed that this was one of the reasons she decided to leave MGM. See more »

Goofs

When Johnny offers Athena a lift back to her family's store rather than having her walk back, lack of shadows indicates it right around noon - yet it dark when they finally arrive at store, meaning the car ride has taken six or seven hours. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Imagine
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Music by Hugh Martin
Lyrics by Ralph Blane
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7 girls for 7 muscle-men
29 April 2004 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

The robust smash hit of 7 Brides For 7 brothers literally spawned this star struck mini musical of 1954....and if one has a closer look in reels 1 2 and 3 (instead of 4 5 and 6) one can almost hear the board room pitch quoting the 7 Brides box office as the excuse to rush ATHENA into production: "That what they want! healthy boys and girls with an appetite for life living on some farm. The boys flex their muscles and the girls tend their.......er......garden." and so we have what is a lively and funny musical for the 20 year olds market that was called the teen market very soon after........quite rightly predating the AIP Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello frolics ten years later in Muscle Beach Party etc. Athena is good fun and well made. The muscle contest at the end to the tune "Jealousy" is well coded with beefcake antics....and all filmed from what might be called the bulging cossie angle. Hilarious! I would be fascinated to see the missing ten minutes as reported on the IMDb that the original running time was 115 minutes as opposed to the 95 mins only now available. I wonder was edited out and where can the footage be seen?


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