Love Is Better Than Ever (The Light Fantastic) (1952)

STANLEY DONEN

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1952.  .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Big time New York theatrical agent meets the owner of  a children’s dance studio (Elizabeth Taylor) and courts her during an out of town dance convention she is attending.  He drops her when they’re ready to go back to their regular lives, telling her that they were only ever meant to be a casual thing, but she needs his help to save her reputation when their shameless love affair gets her in trouble with the prissy ladies whose kids are her students.  This hopelessly dated bit of fluff, a textbook example of post-war movie morality if ever there was one, has nothing memorable in its plotting but is worth seeing for the moments of spontaneous comedy that young director Stanley Donen uses to smooth over the more ridiculous turns of plot.  Taylor’s adorably giddy performance will at least make sure you don’t regret it, even if is nothing worth writing home about.

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