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Jupiter's Darling

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Esther Williams stars as the beautiful woman whose love saves Rome in this whimsical musical delight. The year is 216 B.C. and almost all of the known world has fallen to the mighty Hannibal of Carthage. In a bold and daring move, Hannibal has crossed the Alps with his army of men and elephants and prepared for his final assault on Rome. As the new Roman dictator Fabius Maximus (George Sanders) frets about what to do, his fiancée, the spirited and willful Amytis (Williams), decides to visit the legendary barbarian general herself. Captured and accused of being a spy, she is brought before the formidable Hannibal (Howard Keel), who orders her executed. Amytis' plea to "spare Rome" intrigues Hannibal and, inevitably, he falls under her spell. Now the mighty general must decide which he covets more: the conquest of Rome or the heart of the woman he loves. "A spectacular musical" (Motion Picture Daily), Jupiter's Darling is sure to win you over!

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  • Actors: Howard Keel, Marge Champion, George Sanders, Richard Haydn, William Demarest Esther Williams
  • Directors: George Sidney
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive Collection
  • DVD Release Date: June 18, 2013
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DJFTBZI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,567 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 11, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This was Esther Williams' last film under her MGM contract, and what a send-off! This unique musical is set in ancient Rome, with our heroine romancing Hannibal and saving the fair city of Rome.
Amytis (Esther Williams) is a fair Roman maiden betrothed to the boring Fabius (George Sanders), whom she can't seem to learn to love. In the song "I Have A Dream" she sings of what she wants in life and love. Fabius is not a part of her ideal world.
One day she and her handmaiden (Marge Champion) decide to investigate the camp of Hannibal (Howard Keel), who at first is repelled by her and then falls for her. When Hannibal decides to storm Rome and de-throne Fabius, she uses herself as a bargaining tool to save her home.
Keel and Williams have a great chemistry (they also starred together in PAGAN LOVE SONG and TEXAS CARNIVAL). Full of lilting romance and splendid costumes, JUPITER'S DARLING also stars Richard Haydn, Norma Varden, and some gorgeous Hermes Pan-choreographed numbers with Marge and Gower Champion.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 1999
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Jupiter's Darling is yet another five star performance for singer/actor Howard Keel. In this tale Keel plays Hannibal(the conqueror)with the usual, but not gruesome, war tales. The twist is that Hannibel falls in love with a beautiful Roman girl, Ester Williams before he can burn Rome. The music is gorgeous and the costumes are amazing. This is one of both Keel and William's finest performances. Five Golden Stars!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2000
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This has got to be one of Howard Keel's finest displays of machismo on the screen. I've seen many of his films and have never witnessed the sizzling he-man that he portrayed as Hannibal. For a movie made during an era of conservatism on screen, this film oozed sex-appeal, but in good taste. Not only between Keel and Williams, but Marge and Gower Champion as well. Well done!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By jamie on October 20, 2003
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This is my favorite Esther Williams film. Based on a 1920's play
called The Road to Rome, the idea was to spoof biblical and ancient
times epics that were popular inthe 1950s. Esther's two major swim
sequences (one with male statues in an underwater grotto coming to
life; the other a thrilling underwater chase/battle) are amazing
and beautiful to behold. George Sanders is always a welcome presence, and Howard Keel is he-man yummy in his body armour. Marge
and Gower Champion lend excellent support, and check out those
technicolored elephants at the end. This film had production troubles and forced Esther to give up her contract at MGM, which is a shame because she and Howard make a great team (both are
physically gorgeous in this) and should have made more films together, but the era of original studio musicals was at an end.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jim Tarleton on June 29, 2013
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This was Esther Williams' only musical filmed in CinemaScope and her last MGM movie. It was under rated, ignored and rarely shown and it is now for the first time ever available on DVD. The costumes and sets were lavish. Esther has two swimming sequences, the last one the most exhaustive and spectacular ever filmed. It has a very nice score with Howard Keel making an impressive Hannibal. Marge & Gower Champion have two wonderful dance numbers, but the one titled 'The Life of an Elephant' is one of their all time best. Only George Sanders is surprisingly out of place. This is the last Williams musical to become available on DVD, so if you're a fan, order it. It is so entertaining and quite wonderful. All of these movies were taken for granted when they came out, but now they are classics.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Operafilly on October 19, 2009
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If the music were just a bit better this would be a classic. Keel gets the best song about not trusting women..very riveting. The elephant act with the marvelous Champions and even more marvelous elephants is quite incredible and delightful. Besides a wonderful underwater ballet with statues coming to life is my all time favorite underwater sequence...like a reverie, not that busy Busby Berkley stuff, Esther gets to drive chariots and ride horses. It looks like no expense was spared putting this movie together. Lavish sets, locations, costumes, many, many animals. And Esther's georgeous costumes. A visual delight. Marvelous character actors amd Saunders as the losing suitor. The writing has a lot of sparkle especially the poor historian trying to chronicle Hannibal's campaign. Esther sizzles more than I have ever seen her before when she says to Keel in an incredibly seductive voice, "Yes, I will die,......but not until tomorrow." Keel's damn hot too!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bluebird on September 1, 2000
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This is such an odd-ball film that I couldn't tear myself away. I think the film makers knew exactly how corny the premise of this film was and captalized on it by spoofing the material. Howard Keel chews the scenery and Marge and Gower Champion are one of the greatest dance teams ever. Esther is Esther, tongue firmly placed in cheek as usual. Best if seen in the letterbox format, which is not available on video, but can be seen on Turner Clasic Movies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Debra A. Goode on May 6, 2007
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I loved this movie, Esther Williams is so beautiful and graceful and Howard Keel was great as Hannibal .Marge and Champion Gower's dance with the elephants is wonderful.
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