One Touch of Venus (1948)

Article #735 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-20-2003
Posting Date: 8-17-2003
Directed by William A. Seiter and Gregory La Cava
Featuring Ava Gardner, Robert Walker, Dick Haymes

A decorator in a department store kisses a statue of Venus and it comes to life.

You know, I embarked on this project so I could see movies about werewolves, vampires, space aliens and giant monsters. But there’s a wide spectrum of fantastic creatures out there, and it includes angels, pixies, mermaids and Greek goddesses, so I suppose that’s the price you pay for trying to be comprehensive. Ava Gardner is certainly an appropriate choice to play the beautiful goddess of love, but Eve Arden has all the best lines and steals the picture. The movie also has some decent songs, and Tom Conway is on hand as a familiar face for horror fans. It’s all fairly amusing, but it never really becomes anything more than cute, and my cuteness threshold is fairly low. And I still maintain that one strategically placed werewolf could have brightened things considerably (IMHO).


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