Down to Earth (1947)

Down to Earth (1947)

Released: 1947
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Genre, Music
Director: Alexander Hall
Starring: Marc Platt, Larry Parks, Rita Hayworth, ,
Run time: 101 min
IMDb: 6.3/10
Country: USA
Views: 44381


Upset about a new Broadway musical’s mockery of Greek mythology, the goddess Terpsichore comes down to earth and lands a part in the show. She works her charms on the show’s producer and he incorporates her changes into the show. Unfortunately, her changes also produce a major flop.
Written by
Daniel Bubbeo <[email protected]>
User Reviews: Rita Hayworth shows why she was dubbed "The Love Goddess" in this technicolored musical fantasy incorporating some of the supporting players of "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" to flesh out its plot about Terpsichore returning to earth to help producer (Larry Parks) put on a correct version of his mythological musical. Unfortunately, the script doesn’t provide Larry Parks with a role up to his Jolson impersonations and the chemistry between them isn’t quite enough to make this more than a routine musical.

Rita is perfectly cast as a goddess and is at her most ravishing. She has several good dance routines which she performs with her customary grace and skill. Larry Parks, then riding the crest of his popularity after "The Jolson Story", does a workmanlike job in a lackluster role. But she steals as the spotlight as the Greek muse of the theater, unhappy about the way the nine Muses are being portrayed. Along with an angel (Edward Everett Horton), she is allowed to go down to earth in an attempt to give the show some class. It’s a pleasant enough fantasy and gives Rita the chance to do some fancy footwork in dance routines staged by Jack Cole. The good cast includes Roland Culver, James Gleason and Marc Platt.

For more about Rita, watch for my upcoming career article slated for publication in FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE sometime soon.

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