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I Love Melvin 1953 NR CC

(39) IMDb 6.7/10
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Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star as a New York chorus girl and the photographer's assistant who falls in love with her in the delightful musical comedy I Love Melvin.

Starring:
Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds
Runtime:
1 hour, 18 minutes

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Genres Romance, Musical, Comedy
Director Don Weis
Starring Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds
Supporting actors Una Merkel, Richard Anderson, Allyn Joslyn, Les Tremayne, Noreen Corcoran, Jim Backus, Barbara Ruick, Robert Taylor, Joanne Arnold, Margaret Bert, Nesdon Booth, Peggy Burke, Edward Clark, Tristram Coffin, Richard Collier, Jack Colton, Pat Conway, Lillian Culver
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Sandy McLendon on March 25, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Why on earth is "I Love Melvin" so ignored by film buffs? Even people who can lip-synch to every Arthur Freed musical ever made generally don't know this one, and it's a shame. It was the movie that put Debbie Reynolds over the top; her work before this one (even in "Singin' In The Rain") was essentially as a supporting player. In "I Love Melvin" you can actually SEE Debbie becoming a full-fledged star; it happens as soon as the movie starts, in a number called "A Lady Loves". Debbie bursts onto the screen in thousands of dollars' worth of high Helen Rose drag with a bevy of chorus boys, and proceeds to show everyone she didn't need Gene Kelly holding her hand any more. She's also a delight clowning in "Where Did You Learn to Dance?" with Donald O'Connor; Debbie dances as well as anyone ever did onscreen while refusing to take herself seriously for a moment. O'Connor's fine, too, offering up several terrific dances of his own, one of them on roller skates. As Debbie's little sister, Noreen Corcoran is one of the best things in the movie; she is that rarity, a child star who knew the value of putting a little spice with the sugar audiences expect. She's cute, droll, wistful and astringent by turns- almost a pint-sized Marjorie Main- and by the end of the movie, you find yourself wishing she'd had much more of a career. If you like musicals, you could do a lot worse than to buy "I Love Melvin". Let everyone else worship the more famous M-G-M musicals; this neglected film is a little gem!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly S. Loeffler on March 16, 2003
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What can one say about the Glory days of MGM's Dream factory?? This film was made by MGM in 1953. It stars Donald O'connor and a young Debbie Reynolds. I love Debbie in this film. It is both exciting, entertaining and funny. Bothe Donald and Debbie give thier best performaces in this. Reynolds was fresh from her role in "Singin' In The Rain" and was never better. One of the best songs in this movie is "A Lady Loves" Donald gets himself in a heap of trouble as a photographer who promises a young singer Debbie the cover of a magazine, however his boss won't go for it. Leading Debbie on by taking pictures of her. She is convinced she will make the cover and Donald decides to forge a cover to appear as it's the real thing in order to keep Reynolds as his girlfriend. To find out what happens next, buy this Musical.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly J. Watson on January 21, 2000
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"I Love Melvin" reunites Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor (from "Singin' In The Rain"). It is a charming musical. Both Debbie and Donald give wonderful performances. The songs in this movie are wonderful. I especially love "Where Did You Learn to Dance?" and "A Lady Loves". The number "I Wanna Wonder" is a wonderful example of the comedy and virsitility of Donald O'Connor.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on December 26, 2002
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I am an absolute nuts over musicals and I'm especially nuts over Donald O'Connor. This movie has the best of both worlds. It's a charming musical that features a couple of really great tunes. Donald(like in every movie he is in) shines with songs like "I Wanna Wander" and "Where did you Learn to Dance." He does a fabulous dance on roller skates and does a dance that looks like a sequel to Make em'Laugh(Singin in the Rain).Debbie is also dazzling but Donald really steals the movie. If your a fan of Debbie or Donald or are just looking for a really cute and underated musical than look no further than "I Love Melvin."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Haylyn Challis on February 1, 2010
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I had grown up as a boy in the 40's and 50's and lived in the Cinema. There were many genre's in those days, what I was allowed to see at that early age,was the Musicals. A wealth of reissues of the 30's linking into the 40's and into the 50's with ie.."I Love Melvin"( 1953 ) Not a major film, but full of talent from the Roar of the MGM Lion to the playout music, including the crew all involved with the music, Simply enjoyable. The Prints on tv here in the UK were dreadfull, and when this became available on dvd, I got it immediately. It's not for the today's young people, but for those that grew up with these films. Fine,go and buy it and enjoy.
Haylyn ( UK )
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rosella Ann Myles on September 3, 2002
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I found this movie musical, "I Love Melvin," to be a really good and entertainng film. Debbie Reynolds really shined in it, along with her photographer boyfriend, dancer/actor Donald O'Connor, who does a really brilliant tap dance number on roller skates. It's romantic comic and is a really cute film in general. I think it's one most people would enjoy, if they like musicals.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Danford on March 9, 2002
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This is a great flick, funny, great music and dancing, and starring the legendary Donald O'Connor. I highly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 10, 2010
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Right from the opening credits when Debbie Reynolds scrawls the movie title on her mirror with her lipstick, there's this lively, energetic vibe onscreen. I LOVE MELVIN came out in 1953 and it reunites Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds one year after SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, and this time O'Connor plays the romantic lead. This time, Cosmo gets the girl. O'Connor may not be as dashing as Gene Kelly, but I think he's more unassuming and more likable. Gene Kelly always had this smugness about him. I LOVE MELVIN is a fun little movie but, in an era of fabulous musical films, it doesn't hold classic status. The roster of not quite A-listers has something to do with it, as does the mediocrity of the songs. Maybe O'Connor aping Kelly's iconic pose on the lamppost from SINGIN' IN THE RAIN has something to do with it. This gesture might have been a homage, but it sort of smacks of wannabe.

It's not new, the plot. It's about another aspiring performer trying to catch that big break. In this one, lowly, klutzy photographer's assistant Melvin Hoover falls in love with young Broadway actress Judy LeRoy. Trying to impress Judy, Melvin promises to put her on the cover of Look magazine. This, of course, backfires.

Pair up Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds and the movie can't help but be bright and breezy, and these two are the primary reasons to check out I LOVE MELVIN. This was still before Reynolds got glammy and sort of annoying. At this stage, she was still this bubbly, unaffected, wholesome girl next door, and she is marvelous to watch. Donald O'Connor is a talented performer, and his fans all know that he should've been a bigger star. But he never had those leading man looks and that probably hampered his career.
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