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Jupiter's Darling (1955)

Fabius loves his beautiful but vulnerable city, Rome, and he also loves his beautiful but invulnerable fiancée, Amytis. Fascinated by the tales she has heard about Hannibal, who is about to... See full summary »

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George Sidney
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Esther Williams ... Amytis
Howard Keel ... Hannibal
Marge Champion ... Meta
Gower Champion ... Varius
George Sanders ... Fabius Maximus
Richard Haydn ... Horatio
William Demarest ... Mago
Norma Varden ... Fabia
Douglass Dumbrille ... Scipio
Henry Corden ... Carthalo
Michael Ansara ... Maharbal
Martha Wentworth ... Widow Titus
John Olszewski John Olszewski ... Principal Swimming Statue
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Storyline

Fabius loves his beautiful but vulnerable city, Rome, and he also loves his beautiful but invulnerable fiancée, Amytis. Fascinated by the tales she has heard about Hannibal, who is about to attack Rome, Amytis is driven by curiosity to the edge of his camp. Captured, she makes a last request of the indifferent Hannibal...that he spare the city. She offers to lead him to a hilltop where she can prove that taking the city is not worth the trouble. Hannibal goes with her, even though she has to cup her hand under his chin and float him across a river as he can't swim. Before long, Hannibal is doing more surveying of Amytis than of Rome. And Fabius finds he can defend neither his city nor his fiancée against the advances of Hannibal. Especially after he has his elephants painted bright colors because Amythis thinks gray is drab. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Love Story of the Beauty and the Barbarian! Clash of Armies! Underwater spectacle! Never before such sights to see! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Favorita de Júpiter See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,337,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

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

Perspecta Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Instead of using water-based paint to decorate the elephants they hired from the circus, MGM technicians used oil-based paint, which took months to wear off. The circus ended up suing the studio because audiences laughed at the "gay pachyderms", according to director George Sidney. See more »

Goofs

As Hannibal surveys Rome, the famous Colosseum can be seen in the background. However, this film is set in 216 B.C. and the Colosseum was not built until nearly 300 years later, around 80 A.D. See more »

Crazy Credits

In opening credits: "In 216 B.C., Hannibal the Barbarian marched on Rome. The history of this great march has always been confused. This picture will do nothing to clear it up." See more »


Soundtracks

Never Trust A Woman
(uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sung by Howard Keel
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Some good parts despite the songs
8 February 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Believe it or not, there's actually a song whose lyrics sing, "If this be slavery, then give me slavery. If this be slavery, I don't want to be free!" Not only did someone think to write it, but the song was given the green light by Hollywood producers, put into a film, performed by the dance duo Marge and Gower Champion, and not cut from the final film! That should give you an idea as to the quality of music featured in the Esther Williams vehicle Jupiter's Darling.

Esther Williams is engaged to Roman leader George Sanders, but she's drawn to Howard Keel, who's made it his mission to attack and conquer Rome. It's quite a love triangle, because Howard Keel isn't the most likable guy ever written, but he sings powerfully seductive songs and even picks up and moves a real leopard guarding Esther's bed! My one question is why didn't George Sanders get any songs? He showed off his beautiful voice in Call Me Madam, but maybe Hollywood didn't want to give Howard Keel any competition-not that he'd really have any. He's clearly the manly macho one in the movie, and he's scantily dressed, giving audiences an up close and personal view of his macho manliness.

Still, while Howard Keel is able to save a couple of songs in the movie, unless you're an Esther Williams fan, you probably won't end up renting this one. Underwater dancing is a very specialized talent, one that not everyone likes to watch. Then again, you might get a kick out of Richard Haydn sounding very much like his famous Caterpillar role from Alice in Wonderland. Or, you might enjoy looking at Howard Keel in a Greek warrior outfit that barely fits him. One more thing: This is a little criticism, but I do have it-there's a Marge and Gower Champion song performed alongside a couple of elephants, and I couldn't help but feel sorry for the animals. One was supposed to fall over and roll around, while the dancers make fun of it, but to me, it wasn't cute.


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