One Touch of Venus

One Touch of Venus

Director: William Seiter, Robert Walker, Ava Gardner, Dick Haymes

Cast: William Seiter, Robert Walker, Ava Gardner, Dick Haymes

     
 

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The spirit of love is back, and she's working in retail in this bubbly romantic musical comedy. Eddie Hatch (Robert Walker) is a window dresser at a large department store; he's become especially fond of one of his mannequins who looks like the sort of girl he'd like to meet, and one night he impulsively gives the dummy a kiss. To his tremendous surprise, the

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The spirit of love is back, and she's working in retail in this bubbly romantic musical comedy. Eddie Hatch (Robert Walker) is a window dresser at a large department store; he's become especially fond of one of his mannequins who looks like the sort of girl he'd like to meet, and one night he impulsively gives the dummy a kiss. To his tremendous surprise, the mannequin comes to life, and it turns out to be inhabited by the spirit of Venus, the Goddess of Love (Ava Gardner). Suddenly, romance is in the air as Eddie's fellow employees throw caution to the wind and finally express their infatuations with their co-workers; however, Eddie is too intimidated to follow through on his feelings for Venus, even though she'll only be in human form for 24 hours. Adapted from a popular Broadway musical, One Touch of Venus features a number of memorable songs by Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash, including "Speak Low" and "The Trouble with Women," though a number of other songs they wrote for the stage production were replaced for the film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Universal did wrong by Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash when they butchered their glorious score for the film version of One Touch of Venus, but at least several of the best numbers remained, including the marvelous, beguine-flavored "Speak Low," the droll "That's Him" (though in a new context), and the amusing "The Trouble with Women." The studio did far better by casting the luminous, unnaturally beautiful Ava Gardner as the personification of the Goddess of Love. Gardner was no great actress (nor singer -- she's dubbed herein), but this role fits her like a glove and she sails through the part with great glee. Under the circumstances, it's all Robert Walker can do to make people notice he's on the screen, but he manages to score points when given half a chance. Even better is dependable Eve Arden, delivering wisecracks and witticisms with the unflappable style she patented. Orry-Kelly has provided some delicious fashions for the female leads, making the film's original black-and-white lensing all the more regrettable. Eventually, the fun wears thin and the film starts to wear out its welcome as the story becomes predictable, but it's still a wonderful opportunity to bask in the glamour appeal of one of the screen's most delectable stars.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/2013
UPC:
0887090065306
Original Release:
1948
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:22:00
Sales rank:
21,973

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Walker Eddie Hatch
Ava Gardner Venus, Goddess of Love/Venus Jones
Dick Haymes Joe
Eve Arden Molly Grant
Olga San Juan Gloria
Tom Conway Whitfield Savory
James Flavin Kerrigan
Sara Allgood Mrs. Gogarty, the landlady
Mary Benoit Actor
Ralph Brooks Reporter
Russ Conway Actor
Phil Garris Counter Man
Richard H. Gordon Guest
George Lewis Actor
Jerry Marlowe Actor
George Meeker Mr. Crust
Joan Miller Actor
Anne Nagel Actor
Arthur O'Connell Reporter
Eddie Parker Detective
Kenneth Patterson Actor
Ralph Peters Taxi Driver
Pat Shade Newsboy
John Valentine Stammers
Josephine Whittell Dowager
Martha Montgomery Pretty Girl
Pat Parrish Girl
Harry Hayden Actor

Technical Credits
William Seiter Director
Leo Arnaud Musical Direction/Supervision
John Beck Producer
Lester Cowan Producer
Billy Daniels Choreography
Al Fields Set Decoration/Design
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
David S. Horsley Special Effects
Harry Kurnitz Screenwriter
Otto Ludwig Editor
Emrich H. Nicholson Art Director
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Ann Ronell Songwriter
Frank Tashlin Screenwriter
Kurt Weill Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- One Touch of Venus
1. Chapter I [10:21]
2. Chapter II [8:10]
3. Chapter III [8:27]
4. Chapter IV [9:32]
5. Chapter V [14:06]
6. Chapter VI [8:32]
7. Chapter VII [8:15]
8. Chapter VIII [14:34]

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