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July 19, 2022

Beautiful Photos of Ava Gardner During the Filming of ‘One Touch of Venus’ (1948)

One Touch of Venus is a 1948 American black-and-white romantic musical comedy film directed by William A. Seiter starring Robert Walker, Ava Gardner, Dick Haymes, and Eve Arden, released by Universal-International, and based on the 1943 Broadway musical of the same name, book written by S. J. Perelman and Ogden Nash, with music composed by Kurt Weill (lyrics by Nash).

However, the film omits most of Weill’s music. The actors did their own singing, except for Ava Gardner (Venus) whose singing was dubbed by Eileen Wilson. The plot is from an original 1885 novella by Thomas Anstey Guthrie.

In 1945, Mary Pickford announced that she would produce a film version of this musical with the Broadway cast, including Mary Martin, filmed in Technicolor, directed by Gregory La Cava, and released by United Artists. However, Martin became pregnant and Pickford sold the rights to Lester Cowan at Universal in August 1947. Ann Ronell, Cowan’s wife, wrote the additional music that replaced much of Weill’s material.

This movie is the inspiration for the 1987 film Mannequin. These beautiful photos captured portraits of Ava Gardner during the filming of One Touch of Venus in 1948.


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