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I Love Melvin(1953)


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According to billing information contained in the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, Howard Keel was originally signed as the guest star, but was replaced by Robert Taylor. A May 23, 1952 news item in Hollywood Reporter reported that Vera-Ellen would also appear in a guest spot, but she was not in the released film. During the first month of production, Hollywood Reporter production charts listed child actress Donna Corcoran in the cast instead of her sister, Noreen Corcoran, who played "Clarabelle." A May 27, 1952 Hollywood Reporter news item includes Sue Casey, Marietta Elliot, Margaret Hogan, Gretchen Houser, Jetsey Parker, Pat Dean Smith, George Ellsworth, James Elsegood and Ward Ellis in the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Character actor Richard Collins made his motion picture debut in the film.
       Portions of the film were shot on location in New York, at various sites within Central Park, the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge. The film features two musical dream sequences in which "Judy LeRoy" envisions herself as a famous movie star. In the first dream, Judy performs in a lavish production number and shares a romantic moment with Robert Taylor. In the second dream, Judy dances with six men whose costumes and masks make them resemble M-G-M stars Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. In the production number from the film's fictional Broadway show, Quarterback Kelly, Judy plays a football and is tossed around by the team members during a game.