Girl Who Had Everything

The Girl Who Had Everything

Director: Richard Thorpe

Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Fernando Lamas, William Powell

     
 

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A good man tries to warn his daughter away from a bad man who has stolen her heart in this melodrama. Steve Latimer (William Powell) is a successful defense attorney who has gone out of his way to give his daughter Jean (Elizabeth Taylor) every advantage in life. However, Steve's generosity and open minded attitude begin to backfire on him when Jean decides to throw

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A good man tries to warn his daughter away from a bad man who has stolen her heart in this melodrama. Steve Latimer (William Powell) is a successful defense attorney who has gone out of his way to give his daughter Jean (Elizabeth Taylor) every advantage in life. However, Steve's generosity and open minded attitude begin to backfire on him when Jean decides to throw off her boyfriend, the solid and sensible Vance Court (Gig Young), in favor of Victor Ramondi (Fernando Lamas), a handsome but dangerous man with criminal connections whom Steve is representing. Steve tries to warn Jean away from Victor, but she remains undeterred, and accepts his proposal of marriage, even as the authorities tighten their grip on Victor and his crime syndicate. The Girl Who Had Everything was a remake of the 1931 Norma Shearer vehicle A Free Soul.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Girl Who Had Everything isn't exactly a "nothing" film -- but it's a pretty big disappointment given the talent of the cast involved. The prime culprit here is Art Cohn, whose tired, cliché-ridden script is a chore to sit through. Cohn seems to have attacked the project as if all that was needed for a screenplay was a plot, failing to provide anything in the way of originality, wit, imagination or character development. Still, screenplays of comparable quality have provided the basis for better movies, thanks to the sterling efforts of their directors. Unfortunately, Girl's Richard Thorpe fails to rise to anywhere near the occasion, providing direction that is the very definition of routine. The cast tries hard, and they do manage to give the film its few high points. Elizabeth Taylor is gorgeous, set off to good advantage by Helen Rose's fashions. Fernando Lamas is equally easy on the eyes, and the two do have a chemistry, making the poolside scene especially hot. But they cannot overcome the limitations of the material, something that only William Powell is able to do -- and even he does so only occasionally. Andre Previn's score is lush but overwhelming and intrusive and the film has that dependable '50s MGM look going for it, but overall, Girl is a letdown.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/21/2009
UPC:
0883316174708
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:09:00
Sales rank:
45,378

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elizabeth Taylor Jean Latimer
Fernando Lamas Victor Y. Ramondi
William Powell Steve Latimer
Gig Young Vance Court
James Whitmore Charles "Chico" Menlow
Robert Burton John Ashmond
William Walker Julian
Harry Bartell Joe
George Brand Actor
Roy Butler Trainer
Douglas Carter Bellboy
Jonathan Cott Actor
Frank Dae Old Man Kinkaid
Cameron A. Grant Actor
James H. Horne Actor
Bobby Johnson Attendant
John Maxwell Actor
Dean Miller Radio Announcer
Pat O'Malley Senate Board Member
Elmer Peterson Himself
Dan Riss Counsel
Perry Sheehan Actor
George Sherwood Actor
Dee Turnell Actor
Philip Van Zandt Colleague
Anthony Warde Actor
Stuart Wilson Newspaper Man
Jack Sterling Cab Driver
Paul Harvey Sen. Drummond
Earl Hodgins Spotter
John R. McKee Male Secretary
Emory Parnell Auctioneer

Technical Credits
Richard Thorpe Director
Art Cohn Screenwriter
Armand Deutsch Producer
Randall Duell Art Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Ben Lewis Editor
Jack D. Moore Set Decoration/Design
André Previn Score Composer
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Sid Sidman Asst. Director
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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