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1952 1h 45m Musical Comedy List
Reviews 33% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
In this musical, Broadway producers Tony Naylor (Howard Keel), Al Marsh (Red Skelton) and Jerry Ralby (Gower Champion) are having difficulty securing funds for their latest show. Then Al learns he has inherited half of a salon in Paris from his Aunt Roberta. The three men travel to France, where they attempt to stage an extravagant fashion show to revitalize the struggling business, now run by Roberta's nieces, Stephanie (Kathryn Grayson) and Clarisse (Marge Champion). Read More Read Less

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Bob Thomas Associated Press Like most old musicals, this one doesn't have much of a plot. But fortunately .the plot is subordinated to eye and ear appeal. Jul 24, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A big-budget lush Technicolor remake of the 1933 Broadway musical Roberta. Rated: B- Feb 1, 2019 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Though containing some popular tunes, this mediocre movie musical is stiffly directed by Mervyn LeRoy and poorly acted. Rated: C+ Oct 15, 2012 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Film with great fashion show finale, done with Minnelli's richest style. Aug 26, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member There are some nice songs and a sprinkling of colorful musical numbers here. The plot is barely serviceable, however. Grayson and Keel seem bored with their parts. Good thing Marge and Gower Champion sure can dance. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Some lovely Broadway hits, but the true stars of this movie are the stunning gowns by Adrien. The color palette is strongly hued in lovely purples, lavenders, orchids, amethysts, mauves. Sparkles galore, frothy overlays, a few lookbacks to the narrow 30s styles in stark contrast to the bouffant skirts and scarves that dominate. The stage sets are also striking and elegant. Oh yeah, there was a pretty predictable plot on which to hang all the yummy visuals. 2-star plot, 4-star artistic elements. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member typical A pic musical from MGM and features about half of the studio's contract players. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Some great songs and excellent production values but missing that spark that takes a good film to a great one. Ann Miller has a lightness that the rest of the cast doesn't, for some reason she only dances once not utilizing her greatest asset. Her one number is a knockout though. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member I didn't really care for most of the movie. However, the Champions were excellent and I loved the choreography. Very beautiful! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member For years, this MGM remake of ROBERTA kept the original from being seen; a stellar cast performs the lovely Jerome Kern score well, but a draggy middle section hurts it. Musical highlights include Ann Miller's "I'll Be Hard to Handle," and The Champions have two stand-out dance numbers; Vincente Minnelli directed the fashion show finale. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In this musical, Broadway producers Tony Naylor (Howard Keel), Al Marsh (Red Skelton) and Jerry Ralby (Gower Champion) are having difficulty securing funds for their latest show. Then Al learns he has inherited half of a salon in Paris from his Aunt Roberta. The three men travel to France, where they attempt to stage an extravagant fashion show to revitalize the struggling business, now run by Roberta's nieces, Stephanie (Kathryn Grayson) and Clarisse (Marge Champion).
Director
Mervyn LeRoy
Producer
Jack Cummings
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Musical, Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Jul 20, 2010
Runtime
1h 45m