Jupiter's Darling

Jupiter's Darling

Esther Williams
Director: George Sidney Cast: Esther Williams
Esther Williams
, Howard Keel
Howard Keel
, Marge Champion
Marge Champion
George Sidney

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Esther Williams' long association with MGM came to an abrupt end with Jupiter's Darling, which even she will admit was her silliest film. Based on Robert Sherwood's satirical play The Road to Rome, the film cast as Williams as Amytis, fiancee of vacillating Roman statesman Fabius Maximus (George Sanders). When it appears as though the forces of Hannibal (Howard Keel) will conquer Rome, Amytis takes it upon herself to halt the invasion. In the process, she and Hannibal embark upon a tempestuous romance, much to the consternation of the barbarian general's aide-de-camp Mago (William Demarest) and the bemusement of Hannibal's official chronicler Horatio (Richard Haydn). A subplot concerns the romance between Varius (Gower Champion), who tends Hannibal's fabled elephants, and spunky slave girl Meta (Marge Champion). Somewhere along the line Williams performs a water ballet with "living statues," and Varius and Meta come up with a herd of pink elephants. The Burton Lane-Harold Adamson songs are as forgettable as the film itself. Curiously, Jupiter's Darling opened to good reviews, but the film was killed by word of mouth.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/18/2013
UPC: 0883316797679
Original Release: 1955
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 22,643

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Esther Williams Amytis
Howard Keel Hannibal
Marge Champion Meta
Gower Champion Varius
George Sanders Fabius Maximus
Richard Haydn Horatio
William Demarest Mago
Norma Varden Fabia
Douglas Dumbrille Scipio
Henry Corden Carthalo
Michael Ansara Maharbal
Martha Wentworth Widow Titus
John Olszewski Principal Swimming Statue
Chris Alcaide Ballo
Morris Ankrum Actor
Michael Dugan Guard
Richard Hale Auctioneer
Mitchell Kowal Sentry
Paul Maxey Lucullus
Mort Mills Guard
Tom Monroe Outrider
Alberto Morin Arrow Maker
Paul Newlan Roman Captain
Gene Roth Guard
Jack Shea Drunken Guard
William Tannen Roman Courier
Bruno Ve Sota Bystander
Frank Jaquet Senator

Technical Credits
George Sidney Director
Saul Chaplin Musical Direction/Supervision
Dorothy Kingsley Screenwriter
Burton Lane Score Composer
Hermes Pan Choreography
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
David Rose Score Composer
Charles Rosher Cinematographer
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
George Wells Producer
Ralph Winters Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Jupiter's Darling
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21
22. Chapter 22
23. Chapter 23
24. Chapter 24
25. Chapter 25
26. Chapter 26
27. Chapter 27
28. Chapter 28
29. Chapter 29
30. Chapter 30
31. Chapter 31
32. Chapter 32
33. Chapter 33
34. Chapter 34

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