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One Touch of Venus

One Touch of Venus(1948)

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Department store owner and playboy Whitfield Savory II buys a $200,000 statue of Venus, the Goddess of Love, which he plans to display in his store's art gallery. Intrigued by the statue's alluring beauty, Eddie Hatch, a lowly window dresser, kisses the statue and it comes to life. With the marble statue now missing, Whitfield accuses the window trimmer of stealing it. Eddie tries to tell Whitfield, Molly Stewart, Whitfield's long-suffering secretary, and Kerrigan, a private detective, how the statue came to life, but no one believes him. With no evidence against him, however, Eddie is sent home under the care of Gloria, his girl friend, and Joe Grant, his best friend and roommate. While Gloria and Joe are out getting Eddie some dinner, Venus arrives at the apartment and Eddie is forced to hide her from both Gloria and Mrs. Gogarty, his landlady. Later that night, Eddie sneaks Venus back into the department store and the two spend a romantic evening in the store's model home. Meanwhile, back at the apartment, Joe is inspired by Venus' song of love that floats through the air and proclaims his love to Gloria, then kisses her. The next morning, Venus is found asleep in the model home. Thinking that she is merely a beautiful young woman without a place to stay, Whitfield falls madly in love with her, but she rejects him for Eddie. Later, Venus offers to return to her pedestal, but Eddie, not wanting to go back to his old life, instead takes her out for an amorous night in the park. Their date is interrupted, however, when Eddie is arrested by Kerrigan and his men. With Eddie in jail, Venus goes to Whitfield's apartment, in hopes of convincing him to drop the charges. His interest in seducing Venus plummets, however, when a fed-up Molly threatens to quit. Eddie is released from jail, but as he rushes back to the store, Venus is called back to Olympus by Jupiter and returned to her marble state. The next morning, the statue is unveiled as Whitfield and Molly publicly announce their marriage. Eddie is depressed to have lost his love, but forgets about the statue when he meets a new salesgirl named Venus Jones.