Watch Down to Earth
- 1 hr 41 min
Down to Earth is a classic Hollywood musical-comedy film released in 1947, directed by Alexander Hall and starring Rita Hayworth, Larry Parks, and Marc Platt. The story revolves around Terpsichore, the Greek Goddess of Dance, who comes down to Earth to straighten out a Broadway musical that is misrepresenting her and her fellow Olympians. The film opens with a sneak preview of the new Broadway musical "Swan Song," featuring the alluring but shallow singer/dancer Kitty Pendleton (Rita Hayworth) as the lead actress, who is adored by both the audience and the show's producer, Danny Miller (Larry Parks). However, Terpsichore finds the show to be a gross misrepresentation of the Greek gods, and she decides to take action. Terpsichore appears on Earth in human form, disguising herself as the muscular and unimpressive Gloria Parker (also played by Hayworth), the understudy for the female lead in "Swan Song." She quickly finds herself at odds with Danny, who is hesitant to make changes to his profitable show. As Gloria, Terpsichore tries to convince Danny that the show needs a new direction and that they need to be true to the Greek gods they are portraying. As Terpsichore becomes increasingly frustrated with the resistance she is facing, she decides to strike a deal with Danny. She agrees to help Kitty's career if he rewrites the show to be more authentic. However, even after the changes, Terpsichore is still not satisfied, and she decides to take over the role of the goddess of dance herself. As Terpsichore brings her divine grace and elegance to "Swan Song," the show becomes a success, and Kitty takes on a new role as the show's choreographer. However, Terpsichore's journey on Earth is not without its obstacles, and she finds herself falling for Danny, who is already engaged to another woman. As she struggles with emotions that are unfamiliar to her, Terpsichore must navigate her love life while also staying true to her mission. Down to Earth is a charming and whimsical film that showcases the beauty and grace of Rita Hayworth's dancing abilities. The film's musical numbers, which include songs like "You Were Never Lovelier" and "Buds Won't Bud," are set against glamorous and elaborate backdrops, complete with stunning costumes and special effects. The witty and fast-paced script also features comedic performances by supporting cast members like Edward Everett Horton and James Gleason. The performances of the film's leading trio are noteworthy, with Hayworth's effortless charm and Parks' affable nature making them a likable onscreen couple. Marc Platt's portrayal of the god Hermes is also notable, adding a lighthearted and whimsical touch to the film. Overall, Down to Earth is a delightful musical comedy with an original storyline that is both fun and engaging. Its witty dialogue, uplifting musical numbers, and stunning dance sequences make it a classic film that is still enjoyable to watch today.