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Jupiter’s Darling

As a takeoff, with satirical treatment, on costume actioners, Jupiter's Darling is a fairly entertaining, although a hit-and-miss affair. It has Esther Williams in some outstanding swim numbers, and Howard Keel's robust singing.

Cast:
Esther Williams Howard Keel Marge Champion Gower Champion George Sanders Richard Haydn

As a takeoff, with satirical treatment, on costume actioners, Jupiter’s Darling is a fairly entertaining, although a hit-and-miss affair. It has Esther Williams in some outstanding swim numbers, and Howard Keel’s robust singing.

Robert E. Sherwood’s stage play, Road to Rome, dealing with Hannibal’s invasion of Rome, served as the foundation for Dorothy Kingsley’s screenplay.

The two water numbers given Williams stack up with her best. One is an imaginatively staged dream ballet. The other carries an essential part of the story, and its chase theme is developed into taut suspense drama as she flees through vast underwater reaches from pursuing barbarians seeking to recapture her for Keel’s conquering Hannibal.

Jupiter's Darling

Production: M-G-M. Director George Sidney; Producer George Wells; Screenplay Dorothy Kingsley; Camera Paul C. Vogel, Charles Rosher; Editor Ralph E. Winters; Music David Rose; Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1955. Running time: 93 MIN.

With: Esther Williams Howard Keel Marge Champion Gower Champion George Sanders Richard Haydn

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