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|I LOVE MELVIN (director: Don Weis; screenwriters: based on a story by Laslo Vadnay/George Wells; cinematographer: Harold Rosson; editor: Adrienne Fazan; music: George Stoll; cast: Donald O'Connor (Melvin Hoover), Debbie Reynolds (Judy Leroy), Una Merkel (Mom Schneider), Richard Andersen (Harry Flack), Allyn Joslyn (Pop Schneider), Les Tremayne (Mr. Henneman), Noreen Corcoran (Clarabelle), Jim Backus (Mergo), Robert Taylor (Cameo), Barbara Ruick (Studio Guide); Runtime: 77; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: George Wells; MGM; 1953)|
|"The appealing energetic cast do wonders
with the slight material."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Don Weis ("You For Me"/"Half
A Hero"/"The Affairs of Dobie Gillis") directs this bubbly musical that reteams
Singin' in the Rain costars Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds.
The big musical numbers are
'Saturday Afternoon Before the Game,' that has Debbie as the football,
and a roller-skating dance for
O'Connor. The innovative numbers are choreographed by
Robert Alton. The songs
by Josef Myrow and Mack Gordon are just ordinary and forgettable, in
this cutsie musical that shows love conquers all in a predictable
Hollywood formulaic way.
Melvin Hooper (Donald O'Connor) is
the lowly assistant
for curmudgeon Look photographer Mergo (Jim Backus). In NYC's Central
Park, ambitious chorus
girl Judy LeRoy (Debbie Reynolds) is on her way to a dance rehearsal and is daydreaming
of finding love. Melvin is also strolling through the park and
daydreaming about finding true love. The two collide and have angry
words before going their separate ways. Later in the afternoon while
walking by the theater showing Quarterback Kelly, Melvin recognizes
Judy from a poster outside and uses his magazine credentials to
go backstage. Melvin after the show uses the
pickup line that he would like to do a photo spread on her for Look, giving her
the impression he's the magazine photographer. She accepts. In the
weeks following, during the photo sessions for the fake cover, they
fall in love. Her
folks (Una Merkel
& Allyn Joslyn) want her to marry pompous rich businessman
Harry Flack (Richard
Andersen), someone she doesn't love. To show her
folks that Melvin has the juice, Judy tells them of his promise to
get her on a Look cover.
The appealing energetic cast do wonders with the slight material, making it an enjoyable watch.
REVIEWED ON 4/29/2010 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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