One Touch of Venus

1948

Comedy / Fantasy / Musical / Romance

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IMDb Rating 6.6 10 1386

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Ava Gardner as Venus
Eve Arden as Molly Stewart
Robert Walker as Eddie Hatch
Tom Conway as Whitfield Savory
720p.BLU
752.06 MB
984*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 21 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 8 / 10

Lovely film, especially for Gardner, Arden and Speak Low

Those who love the Broadway show will be disappointed by the screen adaptation of One Touch of Venus, with less than half the score being retained being one reason. Judging the film on its own merits, One Touch of Venus has a lot of nice things and is a lovely film on the whole.

Some of the direction is a little heavy-footed and dreary at times, and some of the story is both flimsy and convoluted, that would have been solved if the film was longer. While the film is crying out for the use of colour, the production values still look decent. The sets while not opulent is never what you call cheap either, the costumes(especially Gardner's) are tailored beautifully and the camera clearly loves Gardner, judging by how lovingly shot the whole film is. Unfortunately, less than half of the show's score is here in the film but what is retained here are breaths of fresh air and very well-placed. The highlight is the sublime Speak Low, which is elevated by Dick Haymes' magical rendition of it(it's repeated again by Eileen Wilson dubbing Gardner, but I prefer Haymes), one of Kurt Weill's most beautiful ever songs and now a popular jazz standard. The incidental score has many pleasant and characterful moments.

Choreographically, One Touch of Venus is never extraordinary but it's dependable and has enthusiasm, with the Central Park scene coming off best. The witty script with its smart comedy and sweet sentiment(didn't think it was that soap-opera-ish actually personally) serves the film very well, and while the story is not the most exceptionally executed stories for a film on the most part the infectious charm, heart-warming whimsy, exuberance, likability and heart more than make up for the occasional heaviness and convolution. The characters engage at least, and the stellar cast all give strong performances. There was the initial worry on my part that Robert Walker would be too intense(he went on to play one of the greatest screen villains in Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train) for a role where a light touch is necessary, but he actually is very earnest and likable and his comic timing is nimble.

Dick Haymes is very charming, Tom Conway is effortlessly suave(though on a side note few actors beat Conway's brother George Sanders in the 'suave' factor) and Olga San Juan plays plenty of energy and feistiness. The two best performances come from Eve Arden and Ava Gardner. Arden is a true scene-stealer and a breath of fresh air, she has some of the film's best lines and she is hilariously acerbic. Gardner is also fabulous, not only does she look absolutely wonderful but she plays Venus with a genuine warmth, alluring sexiness and womanly charm, she also handles the comic timing well if not ingeniously.

In summary, a lovely film and well worth giving a chance. Gardner, Arden and the song Speak Low are the high-points. This said, lighter direction, a longer length, the use of colour and more songs from the show may likely in my view have made things better. 7.5/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by blanche-2 7 / 10

Robert Walker meets a heavenly goddess

During and after World War II, fantasy was big in Hollywood. It wasn't just escapism; it was all the thinking about death as many loved ones were lost. It's no wonder we had so many people coming back ("Here Comes Mr. Jordan"), facing the pearly gates or the hotter ones ("Heaven Can Wait"), or meeting angels in human form ("The Bishop's Wife"). We also had a visits from the big goddesses. How fitting that two women closest to being goddesses in human form actually played them - Rita Hayworth as Terpsichore in 1947's "Down to Earth," and of course, Ava Gardner as Venus in "One Touch of Venus." "One Touch of Venus" is based on the Broadway musical of the same name that was revived in London a few years ago with Melissa Errico, but never came to New York. Alas, there aren't many songs in this version but the most famous song, "Speak Low When You Speak Love" remains. The film stars Gardner, Robert Walker, Dick Haymes, Olga San Juan, Tom Conway, and Eve Arden. Walker works in a department store where a magnificent statue of Venus is about to be unveiled. On an impulse, he kisses it, and she comes to life. He falls madly in love with her, while his girlfriend (San Juan) flips out for his friend (Haymes). When the statue is discovered missing, the police assume that Walker knows something about it, since he was fixing the presentation curtain and claims that she then came to life.

Walker is an energetic delight as he chases Venus. After this film, he was institutionalized, and by 1951, his boyishness was gone as he entered what should have been the greatest part of his career with a magnificent performance in "Strangers on a Train." Instead, he only made one more film after that, dying in 1951. Looking at him in "One Touch of Venus," it's hard to imagine he had any demons. Eve Arden is hilarious as the secretary in unrequited love with her boss, Tom Conway. He's seen Venus sleeping in the home department and fallen for her as well. Haymes sings beautifully, and San Juan is pert and pretty as a young woman suddenly torn between two men. But all eyes are on Ava Gardner's dazzling beauty. She's a perfect embodiment of Venus with her flawless face, figure, and soft voice. Even though as a younger woman she had tried singing with a band, she wasn't a singer, so her voice is dubbed in this by Eileen Wilson. Like Hayworth, early in her career, she sometimes played roles that required vocals, and like Hayworth, she was always dubbed.

The best scene in the film takes place in the park toward the end. It's exuberant and thrilling - you won't want it to end. That scene sums up this lovely fantasy with a divine Ava, and you can't get any better than that.

Reviewed by squill 10 / 10

Romantic Comedy Perfection

Stars Ava Gardner and Robert Walker. Walker gives a flawless comedic performance as a department store window dresser who kisses a statue of Venus which then comes to life (gee, think "Mannequin" ripped this off).

A wonderfully written intelligent script, the most beautiful love song, written by Bertohlt Brecht, as it's theme music, a supporting cast that boasts one of Eve Arden's most brilliant performances and '40's singing heartthrob Dick Haymes, as well as the most glorious wardrobe for the 3 female leads, all add up to an evening on Olympus.

It is, however, Ava Gardner who will captivate your heart, capture your soul, and make you believe in magic. It really is a once in a lifetime performance - her look, her vocal inflection, and her miraculous stance and walk will convince you that she IS the Goddess of Love. A classic beauty.

One of the best romantic comedies ever!

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