It Happened in Athens


1h 32m 1962

Brief Synopsis

Set at the time of the first modern Olympic Games, a famous sexpot actress agrees to marry the winner of the Marathon though her comparatively plain maid has other ideas.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
New York opening: 14 Nov 1962
Production Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Greece

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

In 1896 it is announced that the Olympic Games will be revived in Athens. A young shepherd, Spiridon Loues, decides to enter the 26-mile marathon. Once in Athens, he meets Christina Gratsos, a young woman from his hometown who is now the personal maid of Eleni Costa, Greece's most glamorous actress. Though he has arrived after the qualification date, Spiridon's athletic prowess so impresses Coach Graham of the American team that he is permitted to enter the contest. Eleni informs the press that she will marry the victor, confident it will be her lover, Lieutenant Vinardos. Spiridon, however, wins, and Eleni awaits him in her carriage. But he embraces Christina, and it is a defeated Vinardos who meekly comes to Eleni.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
New York opening: 14 Nov 1962
Production Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Greece

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Trivia

Notes

Filmed on location in Greece. Actual footage from the Olympic Games is incorporated in the film.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1962

Based on a true event.

CinemaScope

Released in United States 1962