|Produced by||Joe Pasternak|
|Written by||William Ludwig|
|Music by||Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane|
|Release date(s)||4 November 1954|
Athena is a romantic musical comedy released on 4 November 1954 by MGM. Joseph Pasternak ( September 19, 1901 – September 13, 1991) was a Hungarian -born American film director in Hollywood William Ludwig ( May 16, 1912 - February 7, 1999) was an Academy Award winning screenwriter Leonard Spigelgass ( November 26 1908 - February 15 1985) was an American Film producer and Screenwriter. Jane Powell (born April 1 1929) is an American Singer, dancer and actress. Edmund Anthony Cutlar Purdom (b December 19 1924, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England) is an Italian -based Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds (born April 1, 1932) is an Academy Award -nominated American actress, Singer Vic Damone (born June 12, 1928) is an Italian American Singer. Louis Calhern ( February 19, 1895 &ndash May 12, 1956) was an American stage and screen actor Hugh Martin, born on August 11, 1914, in Birmingham, Alabama, is an American theatre and film composer arranger performer Vocal coach Ralph Blane ( July 26, 1914 - November 13, 1995) was an American Composer, Lyricist, and performer Events 1333 - Flood of the Arno River, causing massive damage in Florence as recorded by the Florentine chronicler Giovanni Villani Year 1954 ( MCMLIV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1954 Gregorian calendar) The United States of America —commonly referred to as the English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States Events 1333 - Flood of the Arno River, causing massive damage in Florence as recorded by the Florentine chronicler Giovanni Villani Year 1954 ( MCMLIV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1954 Gregorian calendar)
Not a great success on its release, this Motion Picture has an unusual and somewhat campy appeal.
The film tells the story of a passionate girl with an extended family who share her unconventional beliefs. She falls in love with an old-fashioned man who is engaged to another woman!
The film includes many joyful songs with clever choreography.
The writers appear to have had fun inventing characters whose beliefs are an odd mixture of assertiveness, natural health, the supernatural, and bodybuilding for men. Assertiveness is a Trait taught by many Personal development experts and psychotherapists and the subject of many popular Self-help books The term supernatural or supranatural ( Latin: super, supra "above" + natura "nature" pertains to entities events Bodybuilding is the process of maximizing Muscle hypertrophy.
The film stars Jane Powell as the energetic and eccentric "Athena Mulvain", who as the name suggests is not Greek, but comes from a family who appears to have been zanily inspired by classical antiquity. Jane Powell (born April 1 1929) is an American Singer, dancer and actress. Classical antiquity (also the classical era or classical period) is a broad term for a long period of cultural History centered on the Mediterranean The entire family are vegetarian, teetotallers, and into astrology and numerology. Astrology (from Greek grc ἄστρον astron, "constellation star" and grc -λογία -logia) is a group of Systems Numerology is any of many Systems Traditions or Beliefs in a mystical or Esoteric relationship between Numbers and physical
Edmund Purdom plays the conservative lawyer "Adam Calhorn Shaw" who hopes to be elected to office like his father and his father's father, and who is, at the start of the film is engaged to sophisticated society lady, Beth Hallson. Edmund Anthony Cutlar Purdom (b December 19 1924, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England) is an Italian -based
Destiny or "the stars" dramatically begin to change the course of Adam's life when he meets Athena at a nursery. Athena, believing she has found her soul mate, follows Adam home where she meets Adam's fiance Beth, and begins mulching Adam's peach trees. She sings a song which captivates Adam and his Japanese butler Roy.
On her way home Athena meets an old ex-navy friend of Adam's who is now a successful crooner popular with the girls. Using numerology, Athena confidently introduces her sister "Minerva" (Debbie Reynolds) to this man Johnny Nyle (Vic Damone). Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds (born April 1, 1932) is an Academy Award -nominated American actress, Singer Vic Damone (born June 12, 1928) is an Italian American Singer. Minerva is suspicious of Johnny's advertising of alcohol and meat products, however she believes Johnny might be alright "after some work with Grandpa".
Athena returns to Adam's house the next morning to the shock of Adam's fiance. Adam promises to tell Athena that he has no romantic interest in her, but finds she has left. He asks his legal secretary Miss Seely to search for her but to no avail. Eventually Johnny returns and tells Adam where Athena lives.
That night when Adam goes to the house, he meets the meditating Grandma Salome, Minerva and Athena's 5 other beautiful, singing and dancing sisters Niobe, Aphrodite, Calliope, Medea and Ceres. He is also surprised to find a number of scantily clad body builders wearing high-waisted 1950's swimshorts!
Next he runs into Grandpa (Louis Calhern), the charismatic head of the family who believes in exercise and "the direct approach". Louis Calhern ( February 19, 1895 &ndash May 12, 1956) was an American stage and screen actor He also meets Grandpa's hopes for the title of Mr Universe, Ed Perkins and possible runner-up Bill Nichols. The Universe Championships are an annual Bodybuilding event organised by the National Amateur Bodybuilders Association (NABBA
Despite the bizarre ways of the family, and although Adam initially tries to resist Athena, he eventually succumbs to her charms, and breaks up with Beth. Just when all is looking rosy, Grandma foresees difficult times ahead. Athena's sisters advise Athena to break up with Adam, however Athena chooses to push ahead with the relationship, knowing that "love can change the stars".
The sisters visit Adam's house while he is out and perform a makeover, removing rugs and screens and installing large urns and fresh flowers. Adam's influential family friend, Mr Grenville, Adam's law firm partner Mr Griswalde and Adam's campaign manager for election to congress Mr Tremaine phone Adam's house and reach Athena on the phone. Curious, they visit Adam's house only to find Grandma there in place of the girls.
Adam invites Athena to a formal reception at Mr Grenville's home. Athena at first charms the party with her pleasant nature and an off-the-cuff rendition of an aria from a Donizetti Opera. However she loses her temper when Beth presents Athena with a buffet dinner where all of the vegetables are stuffed with meat.
More difficulties arise when Adam humiliates Ed Perkins and Grandpa on television at the "Mr Universe" final.
Despite requisite further conflict, harmony is restored and all of the main players gather around for a Mulvain-style feast.
A poetic verse from "Love can change the Stars" includes the words:
"When two hearts are entwined,
Venus dances with Mars,
Hand in hand we will find,
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Jane Powell also performs Donizetti's "Charcun le sait" from La fille du régiment (Daughter of the Regiment). Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti (29 November 1797 &ndash 8 April 1848 was an Italian composer from Bergamo, Lombardy. La fille du régiment ( The Daughter of the Regiment) is an Opéra comique in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti.
During the Mr Universe final, the body builders 'pose-off' to the popular and stirring "Tango Jalousie" by Jacob Gade from 1925. The Universe Championships are an annual Bodybuilding event organised by the National Amateur Bodybuilders Association (NABBA Jacob Thune Hansen Gade ( Vejle, Denmark, November 29, 1879 &ndash February 20, 1963) was a Danish violinist The music enhances the dramatic moment when Grandma realises Ed has drawn the unlucky number 13. It is not until after the competition that Ed's jealousy becomes apparent.
Jane Powell as Athena Mulvain
Edmund Purdom as Adam Calhorn Shaw
Debbie Reynolds as Minerva Mulvain
Vic Damone as Johnny Nyle
Louis Calhern as Ulysses Mulvain
Linda Christian as Beth Hallson
Evelyn Varden as Salome Mulvain
Ray Collins as Mr Tremaine
Carl Benton Reid as Mr Griswalde
Howard Wendell as Mr Grenville
Virginia Gibson as Niobe
Henry Nakamura as Roy
Additional Actors listed in the Closing Credits:
Nancy Kilgas as Aphrodite
Dolores Starr as Calliope
Jane Fischer as Medea
Cecile Rogers as Ceres
Kathleen Freeman as Miss Seely
Steve Reeves as Ed Perkins
Richard Sabre as Bill Nichols
Imagine you're a weevil - an old Boll Weevil,
suppose a field of cotton is me,
if you came along and settled down in it -
fetch the DDT
and she sprays insecticide around the "Mulvain's Health Foods" shop. The boll weevil ( Anthonomus grandis) is a Beetle measuring an average length of six Millimeters which feeds on Cotton buds and flowers
For the traveller in want
For the traveller in pain
Take this rocky road
to the house of Mulvain