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Jean Negulesco (1900–1993)

Author of How to Marry a Millionaire [1953 film]

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Works by Jean Negulesco

How to Marry a Millionaire [1953 film] (1953) — Director — 110 copies
River of No Return [1954 film] (1954) — Director — 52 copies
Daddy Long Legs [1955 film] (1955) — Director — 50 copies
Three Coins in the Fountain [1954 film] (1954) — Director — 49 copies
Titanic [1953 film] (1953) — Director — 29 copies
O. Henry's Full House [1952 film] (1952) — Director — 23 copies
Humoresque [1946 film] (1946) 21 copies
The Mask of Dimitrios [1944 film] (1944) — Director — 18 copies
Road House [1948 film] (1948) — Director — 18 copies
Three Came Home [1950 film] (1950) — Director — 13 copies
Johnny Belinda [1948 film] (2006) — Director — 12 copies
Marilyn Monroe: The Diamond Collection [DVD set] (2001) — Director — 10 copies


Common Knowledge



This fondly remembered film from the 1950s is romantic escapism at its finest. There are no deeper meanings here, just a beautiful and colorful dish of Rome garnished with three equally pleasing romantic stories. An attractive cast and an appropriately romantic score from the great Victor Young make this film based on John H. Secondari's popular novel of the day a rousing success. Sinatra’s fine rendition of the Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn title song doesn’t hurt one bit either.

Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters and Maggie McNamara are three secretaries who follow the tradition of throwing a coin over their shoulder into the beautiful fountain in Rome and making a wish. The wish is supposed to be about staying in Rome forever, but of course is really about finding love, and staying in Rome forever.

Frances (McGuire) is in love with her boss John Shadwell (Clifton Webb), a famous writer who has been in romantic Rome many years, yet can’t see what everyone else already knows. Anita (Jean Peters) is going back home to America in two weeks so breaks office rules when she accepts an invitation from Georgio (Rossano Brazzi) to go to the country for a weekend. And Maria (Maggie McNamara) is the new arrival, enraptured by the beauty of Rome and a playboy Prince (Louis Jourdan) she sets her sights on.

Nothing is rushed in Rome as one of the girls explains to newcomer Maria, and neither is this film. Each story takes its time unfolding but the scenery is so beautiful you never get bored, not even for a moment. There are complications to each romance that I'll refrain from revealing here, so there will at least be a few surprises awaiting you if you have not seen this lovely film before.

What began at the fountains in Rome will end there, with the title song being sung by a chorus as everyone’s romantic story is sorted out in enjoyable fashion. Color was best suited for musicals and escapist fare like this. Here the glorious technicolor should get star billing, as it holds our attention even during the more leisurely moments of the story.

If you don't want a heavy meal but like to go straight to the dessert instead, you can’t go wrong with this one. A great film for a lazy Saturday afternoon.
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Matt_Ransom | Nov 25, 2023 |
2022 movie #120. 1953. A woman (Stanwyck) leaves her wealthy husband (Webb) and takes her children back to America. He gets on the boat to follow. Unfortunately for them, the boat was the Titanic. Decent melodrama with a realistic sinking ship.
capewood | Jul 2, 2022 |
2021 movie #197. 1946. 3 strangers gather to make a wish to an idol on Chinese New Year's Eve. Good performances from the leads and a good story. Fitzgerald, in particular, whom I don't know as an actress, was great. One minute soft, the next hard as nails.
capewood | Nov 27, 2021 |
A lot of people just sort of show up somewhere and dance and vaguely want to get with each other.

I mean, really, of all the wonderful things in the world you could put on film, an Offenbach ballet? Apart from a couple impressive jumps, it's not even very good dancing...

Concept: F
Story: F
Characters: F
Dialog: n/a
Pacing: C
Cinematography: B
Special effects/design: D
Acting: D
Music: D

Enjoyment: D

GPA: 1.0/4
comfypants | Feb 11, 2016 |


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Howard Hawks Director, Director
Joseph MacDonald Cinematographer
Charles Brackett Screenwriter, Producer
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Henry Ephron Screenwriter
Phoebe Ephron Screenwriter
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Richard Breen Screenwriter
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George Cukor Director
Henry Koster Director
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Edward Chodorov Screenwriter
Elmer Harris Original play
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Irma Von Cube Screenwriter
Edith R. Sommer Screenwriter
Billy Wilder Director
John Cromwell Director
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Walter Lang Director
Casey Robinson Screenwriter
Mary Loos Writer
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Zoë Akins Screenplay
Dale Eunson Screenplay
Jan Arvan Actor
Katherine Albert Screenplay
Johnny Mercer Composer
Leon Shamroy Cinematography
Jules Styne Composer
Margaret Gruen Original story
Agnes Newton Keith Original book
Max Steiner Composer
Rona Jaffe Original novel
Lew Ayres Actor
Joshua Logan Director
Louis Bromfield Original novel
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½ 3.4

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