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Athena (1954)

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Musical, Romance, Comedy
Release Date:November 4, 1954
Running time:95 minutes
Cast:Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Virginia Gibson, Nancy Kilgas, Dolores Starr
Director:Richard Thorpe
Producer:Joe Pasternak
Writer:William Ludwig, Leonard Spigelgass

Description: Health faddist Mulvain (Louis Calhern) and his astrology-minded wife Salome (Norma Varden) hold court over their seven musical-prodigy daughters. Each girl is named after a mythical Greek: Athena (Jane Powell), Minerva (Debbie Reynolds), Niobe (Virginia Gibson), Aphrodite (Nancy Kligas), Medea (Jane Fischer), Calliope (Dolores Starr) and Ceres (Cecile Rogers). They also run around dressed in skimpy miniskirts, for those of you not interested in mythology. Athena falls in love with lawyer Adam Shaw (Edmund Purdom) and Minerva is ga-ga over crooner Johnny Nyle (Vic Damone), neither of whom come up to Mulvain's notions of mental and physical perfection. A lesser product from the Joe Pasternak musical mill, Athena is unremarkable save for an early appearance by future Hercules star Steve Reeves and a nicely bitchy performance by the usually resistable Linda Christian.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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