Rich, Young And Pretty (1951)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5

USA, 1951Story by , Screenplay by Dorothy Cooper, Cinematography by Robert H. PlanckProduced by Joe PasternakMusic by Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, . Costume Design by Helen RoseFilm Editing by

Fluff is never offensive when it doesn’t pretend to be anything else, and this light-hearted romp is no exception. plays the daughter to a wealthy Texas rancher () who has entered politics and has been asked to go to Paris to give a speech to the UN. Thrilled to join him, Powell crosses the ocean with father and housekeeper in tow, excited to see the City of Lights and not particularly bothered about leaving her cowboy sweetheart behind.  What she doesn’t know is that her mother, whom she has never met and thinks has died, is a beautiful cabaret singer ( in a rare Hollywood role) who years earlier left Paris to marry her father, became bored with life on the ranch and came back to the City Of Lights to resume her career. Powell meets handsome young and hits the town with him, their adventures putting them in the way of Darrieux, who plans to keep her identity secret but wants to get to know the young lady she left behind so many years earlier. Delicately charming without ever being particularly interesting or intelligent, this film has some sweet musical numbers but no showstoppers, and committed performances but nothing to really blow your mind; what threatens to turn into Stella Dallas in the end never does, appropriately superficial but at the same time there’s nothing in particular to recommend it.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Original Song (“Wonder Why”)

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