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Love Is Better Than Ever (1952)

Love Is Better Than Ever (1952)

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Though completed in 1950, Love Is Better Than Ever was held back from release until 1952, due in great part to the "political undesirability" of star Larry Parks, whose career was effectively ruined after he humbled himself before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Parks plays Broadway talent agent Jud Parker, who takes a fancy to small-town dance teacher Anastacia Macaboy (Elizabeth Taylor). Parker wines and dines Anastacia during her visit to New York for the purposes of seduction. But the girl assumes that his intentions are honorable, and sends word of her "impending" engagement to her hometown newspaper. With his reputation on the line, Parker agrees to confirm the engagement if asked, with the understanding that he doesn't really mean it. Rest assured that by fade-out time, he will mean it. Gene Kelly makes an unbilled cameo appearance in Love Is Better Than Ever, which also features such reliables as Ann Doran, Kathleen Freeman, and Dick Wessel.

Cast

Elizabeth Taylor
as Anastacia Macaboy
Larry Parks
as Jud Parker
Tom Tully
as Mr. Charles E. Macaboy
Ann Doran
as Mrs. Levoy
Elinor Donahue
as Pattie Marie Levoy
Kathleen Freeman
as Mrs. Kahrney
Doreen McCann
as Albertina Kahrney
Alex Gerry
as Hamlet
Dick Wessel
as Smittie
Gene Kelly
as Guest Star
Bertil Unger
as Randie Dean
Margaret Lloyd
as Mrs. Culpepper
Mae Clarke
as Mrs. Ireland
Ann Tyrrell
as Mrs. Whitney
Gail Bonney
as Mrs. Oelschlager
Tom Hanlon
as Announcer
Jack George
as Mr. Rollo Cappel
Dan Foster
as Jerry Mitchell
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Silly bit of fluff mostly of interest in highlighting Elizabeth's beauty. Larry Parks, not exuding much movie star charisma, is reminiscent of a Mike Todd character which would have meant nothing to audiences at the time but considering Taylor's eventual marriage to him in hindsight it adds a little something to the film. It sorely needs an injection of some kind of pizazz.

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