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One Touch of Venus (1948)

Ava Gardner , Robert Walker  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ava Gardner, Robert Walker, Mary Benoit, Ralph Brooks, Russ Conway
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DE29TC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,328 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A fantasy comedy about a young window dresser (Robert Walker) who kisses a statue of Venus, which then comes to life in the form of Ava Gardner. The problems begin, however, when Venus falls in love with him...

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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AVA - GODDESS OF LOVE April 11, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
After being married to Jennifer Jones (who is/was my particular 1940's screen love goddess), Robert Walker stars opposite a very erotic Ava Gardner, described by film critics in "The Naked Contessa" (1954) as, "...the most beautiful woman in the world", so she was aptly cast to play Venus, the goddess of love, in this 1948 production.
Robert Walker plays Eddie Hatch a lowly paid window dresser at the store owned by Whitfield Savory II (played by Tom Conway - a relative of the suave George Sanders).Eddie is instructed to ensure that the curtain will not snag at the forthcoming unveiling ceremony of the recently acquired statue of Venus.When finished, he impulsively (he's finished the boss' drink) kisses the statue which promptly comes to life!! Eddie is to marry Gloria (Olga San Juan), who rather irritatingly, keeps reminding him they are to marry each other.They have drifted into their relationship and marriage just seems the next logical move - but who said love is logical!! However, Eddie's friend Joe, (Dick Haymes), is secretly in love with Gloria himself but he doesn't know it.Whitfield Savory II is likewise ignorant of his subconcious love for his efficient secretary, Molly Stewart, played by Eve Arden in one of her typical wise-cracking, comic roles; (see her as Mildred Pierce's efficient manager in the Oscar winning film of the same name (1945) opposite Joan Crawford.
I was mesmerized by Ava Gardner as she spreads her instinctive love to bring all these true lovers together, while working her magic on Eddie himself who is soon in love with her.She seems reluctant to return to Mount Olympus as she is having so much fun here on Earth.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could Venus Match Ava??? January 15, 2003
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The raven-haired, green-eyed Ava Gardner, complete with the magnificent structure (bone and otherwise) is the perfect choice for the role of Venus come to life. Much is made of the predictability of the plot; this was the first time it was done as a sophisticated comedy, I believe. Many imitators would come later, including "Mannequin" in the 1980s, to much less effect. The score is scaled back quite a bit, but with very little loss. The wonderful Eve Arden gives her ultimate wise-cracking performance in this film, and she lights up any film she's in, but especially this one. My only gripe is the casting of aw-shucks cutesy Robert Walker. I'd rather have seen Dick Haymes, or Jimmy Stewart, or almost anyone else in the role of Eddie Hatch. (Hmmm ... Andrew McCarthy would have been great, if he were around then!) I think the rest of the cast is absolutely fine. Olga San Juan is a lovely, talented and underrated actress-performer, but her part in this seems somewhat thankless as the jealous, whiny, hissy-fit competing female. Tom Conway (George Sanders's brother, by the way) is a VERY suave, sophisticated "villain" of the piece. Though Ms. Gardner's voice is dubbed here, the haunting "Speak Low" gets my vote as one of the most beautiful ever written, WHOEVER sings it, and it is orchestrated and performed perfectly here. Overall, the film beautifully captures the things I've always loved about the 1940s. This is a film I watch very often. After seeing it on late-night television so often back in the 50s and 60s, it was a delight to learn that it was filmed in color. Pure escapism, but whoo-whoo-whoo's complaining, as Eve Arden might have wisecracked.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Minus The Music October 9, 2008
This 1948 comedy was adapted from a Broadway musical that starred Mary Martin and featured a score by Kurt Weill. Sadly, the music, except for three songs, has been cut from the movie.

The film, directed by William A. Seiter, is reminiscent of TOPPER, HERE COMES MR. JORDAN and other like fantasy-comedies that were popular with movie audiences during the 1930s and 40s.

[During the 1960s, TV shows like BEWITCHED and I DREAM OF JEANNIE filled this void.]

Robert Walker stars as a shy window dresser for a big department store, who impulsively kisses the store's invaluable statue of the Greek goddess, Venus. A moment later, the statue, played by Ava Gardner, has come to life and Walker faints on the spot.

Upon awakening, poor Robert discovers that he's in very big trouble. He's being pursued by the cops for stealing the statute and, if that isn't bad enough, it appears that Venus won't return to her pedestal because she has fallen in love with him. Even worse, his jealous girl friend (Olga San Juan) is convinced that he's been unfaithful.

Dick Haymes, Eve Arden and Tom Conway co-star in what is still a clever, if somewhat silly, romp that should entertain the entire family.

© Michael B. Druxman
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah Venus! December 17, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
I'm not as well spoken as the previous reviewers, still, I grew up with this movie and watched it every time I saw it listed on TV. In fact, I'm always looking for a black and white copy I can afford to buy. It is just one of my favorite all time movies. I love the characters and most of the actors - Eve Arden being my favorite by far and Ava looking so gorgeous, as well as Walker looking so vulnerable, confused and frustrated. It's a fun time - 90 minutes or so of losing yourself in a far out comedic love story. I enjoyed the music and I'm one who tires of musicals after awhile - this one did not bore me. Dick Haymes' singing is a joy. I recommend it highly to anyone - even the more serious curmudgeons who feel they might not like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To be touched by Venus
I saw this movie when I was a child and, though that was a long, long time ago, I retained pleasant memories of the film. Getting this DVD was really great for me. Read more
Published 3 days ago by A movie lover
4.0 out of 5 stars An oldie but a goodie
This is a fun movie with enjoyable actors and an it's-okay-to-suspend-your-cynicism plot. Boy-meets-statue (goddess), boy-gets-goddess (girl), boy loses girl (statue), boy gets--... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mrs.Robin
5.0 out of 5 stars Ava AVA AVA!!!!!!
Ava Gardner - sigh ! great movie - thanks for the listing.
Published 16 days ago by Paula C. Olmstead
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Like old movies. much better than current ones
Published 20 days ago by Gerald F. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great movie. Another one of my favorites
One touch of Venus. What a great movie. Another one of my favorites. I am very happy that I got this on DVD to enjoy whenever I want. Once again Amazon, thank you.
Published 22 days ago by Annette Bianco
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i have loved this movie since i was 7 years old.
Published 26 days ago by CORINE J FRYE, COURT
5.0 out of 5 stars fun and entertaining to watch
good to watch graceful wholesome entertainment
Published 1 month ago by Bruce G
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Cute but not cute enough.
Published 1 month ago by Little Buddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a very cute little romantic movie.
Published 1 month ago by Joan Van Muijen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great and great
Published 2 months ago by George
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