I Love Melvin

I Love Melvin is a 1953 American Technicolor MGM musical and dancing comedy film directed by Don Weis starring Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds.[3] According to MGM records the film earned $1,316,000 in the US and Canada and $654,000 overseas, resulting in a loss of $290,000.[1]

I Love Melvin
Theatrical Film Poster
Directed byDon Weis
Produced byGeorge Wells
Written byLászló Vadnay
George Wells
Ruth Brooks Flippen
StarringDonald O'Connor
Debbie Reynolds
Music byGeorge Stoll
CinematographyHarold Rosson
Edited byAdrienne Fazan
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • March 20, 1953 (1953-03-20)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1.3 million[1]
Box office$1.9 million[1][2]


Small-time actress Judy Schneider dreams of becoming a Hollywood star even as she struggles along playing a human football in a kitschy Broadway musical. One day in Central Park she bumps into Melvin, the bumbling assistant to a Look magazine photographer. Melvin is smitten with Judy and endures disapproval from her father who wants her to marry Harry Flack, the boring heir to a paper box company. He exaggerates his importance at the magazine in order to impress Judy and her family and promises to get her on the cover, using the photo shoots as an excuse to spend time with her. His charade is exposed when her picture doesn't appear on the cover and she discovers that he is just a lowly assistant. Too ashamed to face her, Melvin abandons his job and disappears into Central Park. While hiding in the Park he sees Judy's picture on the cover of Look and discovers that the editor made her a cover girl so he would see it and come out of hiding.



Lyrics by Mack Gordon & Music by Josef Myrow

  1. "Lady Loves" (Debbie Reynolds)
  2. "We Have Never Met as Yet" (Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor)
  3. "Saturday Afternoon Before the Game" (Chorus)
  4. "Where Did You Learn to Dance" (Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor)
  5. "I Wanna Wander" (Donald O'Connor)
  6. "Life Has Its Funny Ups and Downs" (Noreen Corcoran)

Comic book adaptation


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954
  3. Crowther, Bosley. "New York Times: I Love Melvin". NY Times. Retrieved August 4, 2008.
  4. "Movie Love #20". Grand Comics Database.
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