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.