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I Love Melvin (1953)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 20 March 1953 (USA)
Melvin, a photographer for Look magazine, meets Judy and he wants to marry her. Her father is against that and as a last resort, Melvin promises to get Judy's photo on the cover of the next issue, a task easier said than done.

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Don Weis

Writers:

George Wells (screenplay), Ruth Brooks Flippen (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Donald O'Connor ... Melvin Hoover
Debbie Reynolds ... Judy Schneider / Judy LeRoy
Una Merkel ... Mom Schneider
Richard Anderson ... Harry Flack
Allyn Joslyn ... Frank Schneider
Les Tremayne ... Mr. Henneman
Noreen Corcoran ... Clarabelle Schneider
Jim Backus ... Mergo
Barbara Ruick ... Studio Guide
Robert Taylor ... Robert Taylor-Cameo Appearance in Judy's Dream
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Storyline

Melvin Hoover, a budding photographer for Look magazine, accidentally bumps into a young actress named Judy LeRoy in the park. They start to talk and Melvin soon offers to do a photo spread of her. His boss, however, has no intention of using the photos. Melvin wants to marry Judy, but her father would rather she marry dull and dependable Harry Black. As a last resort, Melvin promises to get Judy's photo on the cover of the next issue of Look, a task easier said than done. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Love Melvin See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Melvin works for "Look" magazine, a real photo-magazine which ran from 1937 - 1971. It was an extremely popular competitor to other other large-size magazines of its day and ran second only to "Life", beating out "The Saturday Evening Post" and "Colliers". See more »

Quotes

Harry Flack: Surprise!
Judy: Why, Harry! I thought you had to work tonight?
Harry Flack: Well, all work and no play makes Harry lots of jack!
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Soundtracks

A Lady Loves
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Music by Josef Myrow
Performed by Debbie Reynolds and male chorus
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A real surprise package.
8 September 1999 | by David-240See all my reviews

This film is an absolute delight from the pre-credit sequence where Debbie Reynolds writes the title of the film in lipstick on a mirror to the hilarious chase through Central Park at the end. In between Debbie dreams of becoming a Hollywood star in some magnificently staged dream sequences, thanks to the genius of Cedric Gibbons, in one of which she meets Robert Taylor as Robert Taylor! In another sequence she dances with three dancers in Fred Astaire masks and three in Gene Kelly masks - before winning an Oscar! Great stuff.

Debbie is perfect as both great movie star and girl next door. Her Broadway performance as a football is a riot. Equally good is Donald O'Connor as her lover and aspiring photographer. His roller-skate sequence is brilliant, as is a dance sequence in which he travels the world and plays numerous characters (again thanks to Gibbons). There is great support from Allyn Joslyn, as Debbie's exasperated father, and from Jim Backus as a crabby photographer. And the little girl has a good song too.

The score is jazzy and upbeat, and it's great to see the real Central Park and other New York locations, shot in gorgeous technicolor. I think this terrific musical is very under-rated.


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