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I Love Melvin
     

I Love Melvin

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Director: Don Weis

Cast: Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Una Merkel

 

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Singin' in the Rain co-stars Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds were re-teamed in the ebullient little musical I Love Melvin. O'Connor plays Melvin Hoover, the hapless assistant to Look magazine photographer Mergo (Jim Backus). When he falls in love with chorus girl Judy LeRoy (Reynolds), Melvin claims that he's the magazine's head photographer.

Overview

Singin' in the Rain co-stars Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds were re-teamed in the ebullient little musical I Love Melvin. O'Connor plays Melvin Hoover, the hapless assistant to Look magazine photographer Mergo (Jim Backus). When he falls in love with chorus girl Judy LeRoy (Reynolds), Melvin claims that he's the magazine's head photographer. Carrying the ruse to the limit, Melvin arranges to shoot a portrait of Judy and her entire family, insisting that it appear on the cover of Look. On the verge of being found out, Melvin is saved when his boss decides that Judy is photogenic enough to be a cover girl for real. The plot is so lightweight that it threatens to blow away, but the stars are cute as can be, and the musical highlights even more so.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The word "peppy" might very well have been created just for I Love Melvin. Also the word "snappy," and it's possible that "energetic" never really found full expression until Melvin came along. Of course, it's also true that "silly," "inconsequential," and "featherweight" are equally apt adjectives to apply to Melvin (if the movie ever would sit still long enough to let any adjectives stick to it.) I Love Melvin is a strictly B-level MGM musical, but it's got so much good cheer and such engaging performances from its stars and their supporting cast that it's tempting to overlook the fact that the plot is both familiar and ridiculous, the score is mostly mediocre ("A Lady Loves" being an exception), and the direction is perfunctory. It also boasts some nifty Robert Alton choreography, the highlights of which include Debbie Reynolds playing the part of a football; a couple of dream/fantasy numbers; and a spiffy "Where Did You Learn to Dance?" duet. Reynolds and Donald O'Connor are adorable and appealing throughout. Noreen Corcoran does very well as Reynolds' kid sister, and Jim Backus and Una Merkel provide solid support. It's all in pursuit of fluff that threatens to blow away at the slightest hint of wind, but viewers who can ignore the lack of substance should enjoy themselves quite a bit.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/2011
UPC:
0883316349601
Original Release:
1953
Source:
Warner Archives
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:16:00
Sales rank:
24,478

Special Features

Outtake Musical Number A Lady Loves with Debbie Reynolds

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Donald O'Connor Melvin Hoover
Debbie Reynolds Judy LeRoy
Una Merkel Mom Schneider
Richard Anderson Harry Flack
Jim Backus Mergo
Allyn Joslyn Pop Schneider
Robert Taylor Guest Star
Les Tremayne Mr. Henneman
Noreen Corcoran Clarabelle
Barbara Ruick Studio Guide
Howard Keel Guest Star

Technical Credits
Don Weis Director
Robert Alton Choreography
Adrienne Fazan Editor
Ruth Brooks Flippen Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Eddie Imazu Art Director
Skip Martin Score Composer
Josef Myrow Score Composer
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
George Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision
Laszlo Vadnay Original Story
George Wells Producer,Screenwriter

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I Love Melvin 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is GREAT! Donald O'Connor's dancing was fantastic and Debbie works really well with him...