Lovely to Look At

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Lovely to Look At
Lovely to look at --- film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMervyn LeRoy
Vincente Minnelli (uncredited)
Produced byJack Cummings
Screenplay byGeorge Wells
Harry Ruby
StarringKathryn Grayson
Red Skelton
Howard Keel
Ann Miller
Music byCarmen Dragon and Saul Chaplin
CinematographyGeorge J. Folsey
Edited byJohn McSweeney Jr.
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
July 1952
Running time
103 min.
CountryUnited States
Box office$3,774,000[1]

Lovely to Look At is a 1952 American MGM musical film adaptation of the Broadway musical Roberta, directed by Mervyn LeRoy.[2] Other than keeping the musical score and retaining the idea of a dress shop being inherited by someone, it bears almost no resemblance to the show or 1935 film.[3]


Tony Naylor, Al Marsh and Jerry Ralby are looking for backers for their new Broadway show. They have just run out of options when Al gets a letter from his aunt's attorneys and finds he is a part-owner of a dress salon in Paris. Thinking to sell his share, he, Jerry, and Tony fly to Paris, only to find the shop is almost bankrupt. There they also find Stephanie and Clarisse, who own the other shares of the business. Tony is able to convince the anxious creditors to back a fashion show, hoping to put the shop back on top. As the plot progresses, Tony is torn between his growing affection for Stephanie and his desire to finance his show. Meanwhile, Jerry falls for Clarisse, and Al has a crush on Stephanie. Eventually, Al goes for Bubbles, who has followed the boys from New York.



The film was originally announced as a vehicle for Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra, who had teamed together several times previously.[4]


The music was written by Jerome Kern.


According to MGM records the film earned $2,571,000 in the U.S. and Canada, and $1,203,000 elsewhere, resulting in an overall loss of $735,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ "Lovely To Look At (1952) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  3. ^ "Lovely to Look At". FilmAffinity. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  4. ^ HEDDA HOPPER. (1949, Mar 10). Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  5. ^ Awards for Roberta (1935) at Internet Movie Database

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