Jupiter's Darling (1955)





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Esther Williams' long association with MGM came to an abrupt end with Jupiter's Darling, which even she will admit was her silliest film. Based on Robert Sherwood's satirical play The Road to Rome, the film cast as Williams as Amytis, fiancee of vacillating Roman statesman Fabius Maximus (George Sanders). When it appears as though the forces of Hannibal (Howard Keel) will conquer Rome, Amytis takes it upon herself to halt the invasion. In the process, she and Hannibal embark upon a tempestuous romance, much to the consternation of the barbarian general's aide-de-camp Mago (William Demarest) and the bemusement of Hannibal's official chronicler Horatio (Richard Haydn). A subplot concerns the romance between Varius (Gower Champion), who tends Hannibal's fabled elephants, and spunky slave girl Meta (Marge Champion). Somewhere along the line Williams performs a water ballet with "living statues", and Varius and Meta come up with a herd of pink elephants. The Burton Lane-Harold Adamson songs are as forgettable as the film itself. Curiously, Jupiter's Darling opened to good reviews, but the film was killed by word of mouth.
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Romance
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Howard Keel
as Hannibal
George Sanders
as Fabius Maximus
Richard Haydn
as Horatio
Henry Corden
as Carthalo
Michael Ansara
as Maharbal
Martha Wentworth
as Widow Titus
John Olszewski
as Principal Swimming Statue
Tom Monroe
as Outrider
Paul Maxey
as Lucullus
William Tannen
as Roman Courier
Alberto Morin
as Arrow Maker
Richard Hale
as Auctioneer
Frank Jaquet
as Senator
Jack Shea
as Drunken Guard
Paul Newlan
as Roman Captain
Frank Radcliffe
as Specialty
Mort Mills
as Guard
Gene Roth
as Guard
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MGM's most ambitious Esther Williams musical (she teaches Hannibal to swim!) doesn't always work, but it tries hard.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

The movie itself is seriously flawed in several ways, but Esther and Howard light up the screen with terrific chemistry. It must have been tough to find a decent foil for such a big man with such screen presence but Esther is sure up to the task both physically and theatrically. A really great pairing. I wish their films together were more readily available, but, alas, they are terribly dated and people are more interested in short thrills than beautiful singing and acting (not to mention swimming and just plain physical beauty!)

Alexandra Edwards
Alexandra Edwards

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