Lately I’ve been getting back to my musical theatre roots, and I’ve revisited the Ogden Nash/Kurt Weill musical “One Touch of Venus.” It’s a musical that is on my list of shows that I would love to do!! I’ve studied the play, the score, & the libretto, and learned most of the songs as well. I can’t state enough how much I love this show!! The character Venus is so well-written and speaks to me on many levels. Obviously there is the Ava Gardner connection (great casting choice IMHO) but I knew of “One Touch of Venus” (and the music) long before I ever began studying and learning about Ava Gardner.
Recently, I found some original photos online of the 1948 film production of “One Touch of Venus” and I was able to purchase a few stills. I’m so happy with my growing collection of vintage pics! They have inspired me to re-read the play and get out my songs! I am enjoying singing through and working on them again.
In the meanwhile, if you haven’t heard of, read, or seen this gem, check it out in any and all ways you can! 📕📽 I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do! I always try to credit photographers, so shoutout to Don Ornitz. His name was the only one on the back of any of the photographs I bought. (See the last pic). 📸
Ava Gardner & Robert Walker are so cute together in the film, and it features a stellar supporting cast as well (a HILARIOUS Eve Arden, Olga San Juan, Dick Haymes, & Tom Conway). Also, Ava (Venus) has some memorable lines in the film.
“Poor mortal, are you frightened?” Enjoy!!