The Girl Who Had Everything
On the down side, however, the girl who seemed to have everything was almost broke. She and Wilding barely had any money left after paying off their agents, lawyers, secretaries, and accountants. And once the film was completed, Taylor had to accept a reduced salary while on maternity leave. They only survived financially because Taylor turned 21, which allowed her to cash in the trust fund her parents had established with her childhood earnings.
Their financial problems wouldn't last for long, however. With television making inroads on Hollywood's profits, MGM was desperate to keep their top female star. For her part, Taylor loved the comforts of the studio system. So when MGM offered her a new contract at $5,000 a week, she signed on the dotted line.
But while The Girl Who Had Everything marked a new stage in Taylor's meteoric career, it was the end of the line for another great MGM star. William Powell had joined the studio in 1934, scoring a hit with his first film there, Manhattan Melodrama, which had also marked his first teaming with his favorite co-star, Myrna Loy. The two shot to superstardom the same year with their second team-up, The Thin Man. By the early Ô50s, however, studio executives weren't exactly going out of their way to find material for him. In fact, his role as the alcoholic lawyer in The Girl Who Had Everything, which had brought Lionel Barrymore an Oscar¨ for Best Actor in 1932, was reduced to supporting status in the remake. The Girl Who Had Everything would be Powell's last MGM film. After supporting roles in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and Mister Roberts (1955), he retired, living out of the limelight until his death in 1984.
Director: Richard Thorpe
Producer: Armand Deutsch
Screenplay: Art Cohn, Willard Mack (play), based on the novel A Free Soul' by Adele Rogers St. Johns
Cinematography: Paul Vogel
Editor: Ben Lewis
Art Direction: Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons
Music: Andre Previn
Cast: William Powell (Steve Latimer), Elizabeth Taylor (Jean Latimer), Fernando Lamas (Victor Y. Raimondi), Gig Young (Vance Court), James Whitmore (Charles ÔChico' Menlow)
by Frank Miller