Lovely To Look At

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  • 1952
  • 1 hr 43 min
  • 6.2  (850)

Lovely To Look At is a 1952 musical film directed by Mervyn LeRoy and starring Kathryn Grayson, Red Skelton, Howard Keel, and Ann Miller. The movie is a vibrant and colorful tribute to the world of fashion, dance, and romantic comedy. It is a remake of the 1935 musical Roberta, and is based on the 1933 novel Gowns by Roberta by Alice Duer Miller.

The movie follows the story of three friends, Al Marsh (Howard Keel), Tony Naylor (Red Skelton), and Jerry Ralston (Gower Champion), who own a struggling Broadway musical. In order to save their show, they decide to go to Paris and convince fashion designer Max Fogelsby (Marcel Dalio) to let them use his fashion salon as a backdrop for their production. Once they reach Paris, they find out that Max has passed away and that the salon is now run by his niece Stephanie (Kathryn Grayson).

The three friends soon fall in love with Stephanie and her two friends Bubbles (Ann Miller) and Clarisse (Marge Champion), who are all models at the salon. The rest of the movie follows the romantic entanglements and misunderstandings of the characters as they try to balance their love lives with their business ventures.

One of the highlights of the movie is the stunning musical numbers choreographed by Hermes Pan. The dance sequences are some of the most visually impressive and energetic of any film from the era. The most memorable are the iconic "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and the spectacular "I Won't Dance" performed by Ann Miller.

Another highlight of the movie is the costume design by Irene Sharaff. The film's Technicolor palette is a feast for the eyes, and the outfits worn by the characters are some of the most glamorous and iconic of the era. The fashion show sequence, in particular, is a showcase for Sharaff's incredible talent and attention to detail.

The performances by the cast are all top-notch. Kathryn Grayson is radiant as Stephanie, and Howard Keel and Red Skelton provide great comedic relief as the bumbling producers. Ann Miller steals the show with her dazzling dance numbers and razor-sharp wit.

Overall, Lovely To Look At is a delightful musical comedy that is sure to entertain audiences of all ages. It is a perfect example of the Hollywood studio system at its peak, with expertly choreographed dance sequences, stunning costumes, and a talented cast. It is a must-see for anyone interested in classic Hollywood musicals.

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    1 hr 43 min
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    6.2  (850)