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Jupiter's Darling(1955)

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  • animal subjugation

    • el debbo
    • 5/23/14

    I agree with Mr. Blandings, too many sad defeated animals in this hokey spectacle... I was going to try to enjoy the splashy sets and Technicolor, maybe with the sound off, but seeing the sad elephant and tiger did me in.

  • Jupiter's Darling (1955)

    • Mr. Blandings
    • 6/9/12

    Starts out promising with Richard Haydn as the musical historian (perfect voice for it) and the beautiful Esther Williams tearing in on a chariot. But what ruins this film are the laugh-out-loud terrible songs and the cheap, goofy dance numbers (not to mention animal humiliation, with the rainbow-painted elephants and the caged leopard). And considering that this is a musical, missing those marks is a huge blunder. This movie has an epic cast (though where the highly-billed Michael Ansara was I have no idea--was he swallowed up in the crowd scenes?) and nifty sets, but the production value is wasted by a truly boring script with no clear plot, character development, or decent dialogue. To top it off the direction is sloppy and there is zero chemistry between the two stars. Esther is the only reason to watch this film but she deserves so much better than this. There are two underwater sequences -- one light fun, the other an action scene -- and they are the film's highlights (with the earlier sequence, the one with the living statues in the pool, being the better of the two). I rate this film a disappointing 2/5 stars (barely, and just because it's Esther).

  • Lots to Love Here!

    • Sharon
    • 6/6/12

    I'd never heard of this musical before, and it's my loss! When Hannibal (Howard Keel) approaches Rome while singing on the back of an elephant, with thousands of extras marching behind him, it reminded me of the entrance of Miles Gloriosus in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" by Stephen Sondheim! I'm almost positive Sondheim was influenced by this scene!As a resident of Southern California, I enjoyed many of the scenes (musical and otherwise) filmed in the Santa Susana Mountains, doubling as Rome!Plus, although I'm not a major fan of Esther Williams' swimming scenes in other movies, there is a spectacular underwater musical scene, where she swims with statuary that comes to life. I'd give anything to know what kind of body makeup was used on the 'statuary' swimmers that did not come off underwater! Plus, there were two swimming cherubim! How old were those kids -- what wonderful underwater swimmers! And the wonderful Hermes Pan is credited with the choreography - is he also responsible for the underwater scenes?William Demarest makes what I think is a hysterical appearance as an officer (Roman? Barbarian? I forget) with kindof a Brooklyn accent! Makes movies like these hysterical and unforgettable!I highly recommend!

  • junpiters darling

    • edith
    • 5/5/11

    one of esther williams geatest hits.

  • Esther's best for the end of movie musicals

    • A.J. Gutman
    • 5/18/10

    Of all the Esther Williams musicals, this is the most literate and witty. Howasrd Keel is also perfect in the part of Hannibal, and the Champions do interesting choreography. Best of all is the unusual underwater ballet with the Roman statues. Best ever done by Williams. The music is top grade too. Its too bad that the film was such a flop at the box office--- but this was the end of the MGM musicals. Lets see it on dvd please.

  • True Classic

    • Stephanie Darrow
    • 3/10/10

    This is most definitely one of my all time favorite movies. I have loved Esther Williams since I was a child and I am only 27 now. There is just something about her movies and it's not just the swimming. Jupiter's Darling is my favorite of all her movies, I think because I also like Howard Keel. Plus it has some great dancing by Marge and Gower Champion. I was so sad when I discovered I had sold my VHS copy of this movie in a garage sale and have been trying to replace it ever since. It is a very hard movie to find! And one of very few that you cannot yet buy on DVD. TCM I plead with you, please, PLEASE release it on the next Esther Williams collection and PLEASE do it soon! A must see movie for anyone who loves classics, history (or historic based stories), and romance. Oh yes and singing. :)

  • Jupiter's Darling

    • Jacquelyn Callahan
    • 3/7/10

    This movie has everything: history, intrigue, romance, sex, war, slaves dancing in the market place, an underwater ballet, a chase scene and dancing elephants. A witty, tongue-in-cheek story of Hannibal, played by Howard Keel at his musical best, who gets seduced from his goal of attacking ancient Rome by a Roman woman, played by Esther Williams who never looked lovelier than in a toga, also featuring Marge and Gower Chanpion, George Sanders and William Demarest. This movie is camp at its highest

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