1948 / 81:00 / B/W / Comedy/ Fantasy/ Romance
Director: William A. Seiter
Starring: Ava Gardner, Robert Walker, Dick Haymes, Eve Arden
Formats: Available in High Definition restored version.
You might say it was 'can't miss' casting to put Ava Gardner in the role of Venus. As Variety said it in a contemporary review, her performance was "bountifully physical and alluring, delivered with a delightfully sly instinct for comedy." Every man in America at the time, including Frank Sinatra, would have agreed. No stretch there. This is a twenty four hour love story between a department store window dresser, Robert Walker, and a statue that comes to life after he playfully kisses it in a moment of pixilated rapture. Those twenty four hours are delirious as Gardner spreads an aura of love and happiness over everyone she meets. Music is splendid in accompaniment, with many songs from the original stage production score by Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash. "Don't Look Now My Heart is Showing" is especially bright in an amusement park production number featuring a 'breath-quickening' love scene between Miss Gardner and Walker.
"Lester Cowan and associate producer, John Beck, have given the story lush backing, but never let the trappings become ostentatious." 17 August 1948 Variety
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