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Rich, Young and Pretty

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Director  Norman Taurog
Producer  Joe Pasternak
Country  United States
5.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Musical, Romance
Language  English
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Release date  July 24, 1951 (1951-07-24) (New York City) August 3, 1951 (1951-08-03) (U.S.)
Writer  Dorothy Cooper (screenplay), Sidney Sheldon (screenplay), Dorothy Cooper (story)
Music director  Sammy Cahn, Nicholas Brodszky
Cast  Jane Powell (Elizabeth Rogers), Wendell Corey (Jim Stauton Rogers), Vic Damone (Andre Milan), Fernando Lamas (Paul Sarnac), Marcel Dalio (Claude Duval), Una Merkel (Glynnie)
Similar movies  Mission: Impossible, Stolen Kisses, Amélie, Ratatouille, The Da Vinci Code, Team America: World Police
Tagline  MGM's happy-go-lucky Technicolor musical!

Rich, Young and Pretty is a 1951 musical film produced by Joe Pasternak for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and directed by Norman Taurog. Written by Dorothy Cooper and adapted as a screenplay by Sidney Sheldon, the film starred Jane Powell, Danielle Darrieux, Wendell Corey, and Fernando Lamas, The Four Freshmen, and introduced Vic Damone. This was Darrieux's first Hollywood film since The Rage of Paris (1938).


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Elizabeth (Jane Powell) accompanies her wealthy Texas rancher father (Wendell Corey) on a visit to Paris, where her mother (Danielle Darrieux) lives; while in Paris, she meets Andre (Vic Damone), an eager young Frenchman. The father tries to keep her from marrying the Frenchman and thus repeating the mistake he made when he married her mother.


  • Jane Powell as Elizabeth Rogers
  • Danielle Darrieux as Marie Devarone
  • Wendell Corey as Jim Stauton Rogers
  • Vic Damone as Andre Milan
  • Fernando Lamas as Paul Sarnac
  • Marcel Dalio as Claude Duval
  • Una Merkel as Glynnie
  • Richard Anderson as Bob Lennart
  • Jean Murat as Henri Milan
  • Hans Conreid as Maître d'Hotel
  • Four Freshmen Quartet as Four Musicians
  • Songs

    MGM promotion for the film emphasized the film's "songs rather than its patter"; Sammy Cahn wrote the lyrics and Nicholas Brodszky the music for several songs, including

  • "Wonder Why" (which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song)
  • Other original songs by Cahn and Brodszky include

  • "We Never Talk Much (We Just Sit Around)",
  • "How D'Ya Like Your Eggs in the Morning?" and
  • "I Can See You", both of which received radio airplay; "I Can See You" was also a jukebox favorite.
  • The film also features a "studied going over" of songs such as

  • "Deep in the Heart of Texas" (written by June Hershey and Don Swander),
  • "There's Danger in Your Eyes, Cherie" (written by Jack Maskill, Harry Richman, Pete Wendling) and
  • "Old Piano Roll Blues" (written by Cy Coben).
  • Box office

    According to MGM records the film made $1,935,000 in the US and Canada and $1,064,000 elsewhere, making a profit of $54,000.

    Critical reception

    Time said the film was "aglow with Technicolor and plush sets" and said it treated a "light cinemusical subject with the butterscotch-caramel sentimentality of the bobby-soxers it is designed to please"; the film "tackles its situations without verve or humor, and handles its lightweight problems as ponderously as if they had been propounded by Ibsen in one of his gloomier moods." Bosley Crowther of The New York Times called it "pretty as a picture postcard and just about as exciting."


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