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Monday, March 25, 2013

Two Weeks With Love (1950)

In the early 1900s, a middle class New York family takes their annual summer vacation in the Catskills mountains. This summer, however, the eldest daughter (Jane Powell) is on the verge of womanhood and resents being treated as a child by her parents. When a sophisticated Cuban (Ricardo Montalban) pays her some attention, she feels more misunderstood by her parents (Louis Calhern, Ann Harding) than ever. This piece of musical fluff is a genuine delight. While not on the level of a MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, the film still has its charms, bathed in nostalgia and old fashioned family values. Powell is at her most likable here and while she does her usual classic light arias, she gets a chance to sing the jazzy ragtime Oceana Roll and wear a rosebud pink corset in a dream sequence. While Powell is the star though, it's the 7th billed young Debbie Reynolds that steals the movie. As Powell's sassy kid sister, she sings Abba Dabba Honeymoon and MGM realized she was no ordinary starlet and took notice and started putting her in leads. Powell stated this was her favorite of all her films at MGM and it's easy to see why. It would take a curmudgeon to resist it. Directed by Roy Rowland. With Phyllis Kirk (as a teen age vamp), Carleton Carpenter, Clinton Sundberg and Tommy Rettig.

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