One Touch of Venus

One Touch of Venus

DVD - 2008
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A young window dresser's problems begin when he kisses a statue of Venus, which comes to life. This Venus turns out to be the genuine article on an earthly assignment. Her presence causes everyone around her to fall in love, except for the window dresser, who is terrified of her advances toward him. The young man suddenly becomes the object of a furious employer and a jealous fiancée.

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stevenlavigne1
Nov 13, 2020

Considering the glorious score by Ogden Nash and Kurt Weill, we are lucky to get what we have with this production of One Touch of Venus, but it's not the musical stage version by any means. Ava Gardner is beautiful in the title role, but the screenplay truncates the story beyond repair and only two songs from the stage version are used in the film. Robert Walker, Eve Arden, Dick Haymes and Olga San Juan all hand in fine performances and it's a cleverly staged movie.

The library has a complete studio recording of the score that's well worth checking out and if you look on the internet you can find a TV production starring Janet Blair and Russell Nype that's much better than this!

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ManMachine
Dec 21, 2018

IMO - It wasn't just actress, Ava Gardner's unmistakable beauty that made 1948's "One Touch Of Venus" worth watching. No it wasn't.

What made this Rom/Com's screwball shenanigans even more enjoyable to watch (from my perspective) was the entertaining combination of both actress, Eve Arden's wisecracking "Molly Stewart" character portrayal, along with actor, Robert Walker's naive and flustered "Eddie Hatch" character portrayal that definitely did the trick for me.

With the magic of a single kiss - "One Touch Of Venus" was a "fantasy-come-true" story that was adapted for the sliver screen from the Broadway musical of the same name. This production also featured the added bonus of 5 songs.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jul 31, 2016

GREAT 1948 light romantic comedy - not really a musical with just four songs from Kurt Weill Broadway production it is based on, but does include the great 'Speak Low'.
The film is short at 83 minutes - but plenty of fun with Ava Gardner (just acting, singing dubbed and actually done by Eileen Wilson), Olga San Juan (the 'Puerto Rican Pepperpot'), and Our Miss Brooks (that's how I recognized her, by her voice) Eve Arden - all very entertaining in their lady parts. Robert Walker and Dick Haymes in male roles are good, too.
I really enjoyed the film production with whacky fun bits tossed in like when Venus turns one of the detectives trying to arrest Eddie into an owl. Made me laugh out loud when she later gives him a hoot while standing in elevator door.
This was some of the most entertaining film watching I've done lately; yes, it's light but it REALLY worked for me.

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msemos
Jan 03, 2016

wonderful old time musical comedy by great actors

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