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This anthology film tells three stories of love involving the passengers of an ocean liner at sea. In the first, "The Jealous Lover," James Mason plays Charles Coudray, a well-known ballet director. When someone asks Coudray why he staged his masterpiece, "Astarte," only once, he tells the story of Paula Woodward (Moira Shearer), a superb dancer he found practicing in his theater. He was awestruck by her technique and her beauty, but he discovered that she had a secret -- due to a cardiac condition, she has been forbidden to dance too strenuously, as it could tax her heart and eventually kill her. Charles urges Paula to perform for him, so he may use her movements to choreograph his next great work; she agrees, but the exertion proves too much for her and she dies. He arranges for the work she inspired to be performed only once, in hopes that she will somehow see it from on high. In the second segment, "Mademoiselle," Tommy (Ricky Nelson) is a 12-year-old boy travelling with his French governess and tutor (Leslie Caron); she's tired of spending her days watching over a child, and he'd like to get away from Teacher for a while. Mrs. Pennicott (Ethel Barrymore), a older woman who happens to be a witch, hears Tommy wishing he could be a grown-up, and she grants his request: suddenly Tommy is a grown man (played by Farley Granger), but only for the next four hours. The Governess meets the mysterious stranger Tommy has become, and soon they fall in love. In the final segment, "Equilibrium," Kirk Douglas plays Pierre Narval, a high-wire artist who retired from performing after his partner died while performing a trapeze act, an accident Pierre blames on himself. He begins to reconsider his decision when he saves the life of Nina (Pier Angeli), a woman who attempted to drown herself; her husband died in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, and she feels she is to blame for his death. Their shared fatalism equals fearlessness in Pierre's eyes, and he teaches Nina the art of the trapeze; however, when he begins to fall in love with her, he's no longer so certain that he wants her to risk her life. "The Jealous Lover" and "Equilibrium" were directed by Gottfried Reinhardt, while "Mademoiselle" was directed by Vincente Minnelli. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Keogh Gleason Best Color Art Direction 1953 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cedric Gibbons Best Color Art Direction 1953 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edward C. Carfagno Best Color Art Direction 1953 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edwin B. Willis Best Color Art Direction 1953 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arthur Krams Best Color Art Direction 1953 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gabriel Scognamillo Best Color Art Direction 1953 Nominee

Cast

Anna Maria Pier Angeli
as Nina [Equilibrium]
Ethel Barrymore
as Mrs. Pennicott [Mademoiselle]
Leslie Caron
as Mademoiselle
Kirk Douglas
as Pierre Narval [Equilibrium]
Farley Granger
as Thomas Campbell [Mademoiselle]
James Mason
as Charles Coudray
Moira Shearer
as Paula Woodward
Agnes Moorehead
as Aunt Lydia
Ricky Nelson
as Tommy: aged 12
Zsa Zsa Gabor
as Flirt at Bar [Mademoiselle]
Peter Brocco
as Bartender [Mademoiselle]
Argentina Brunetti
as Saleswoman [Mademoiselle]
Paul Bryar
as River Policeman [Equilibrium]
Noreen Corcoran
as Little Girl [Mademoiselle]
Kay English
as Nurse [Equilibrium]
Steven Geray
as Legay [Equilibrium]
Jacob Gimpel
as Pianist
Sam Harris
as Ad Libs
Robert Horton
as Young Man on Boat [Mademoiselle]
Colin Kenny
Rudy Lee
as Little Boy [Mademoiselle]
John Lupton
as Studious Young Man
Paul Maxey
as Bill Cyrus [Equilibrium]
Torben Meyer
as Man [Equilibrium]
Ernesto Morelli
as Railway Porter [Mademoiselle]
Alberto Morin
as Mr. Sandes [Mademoiselle]
Leo Mostovoy
as Stranger in Cafe [Equilibrium]
Ottola Nesmith
as Usher
Larry Olsen
as Terry [Mademoiselle]
Manuel Paris
as Mr. Carlos [Mademoiselle]
Jack Raine
as Doctor
Paula Raymond
as Mrs. Campbell [Mademoiselle]
Hayden Rorke
as Mr. Rorke [Mademoiselle]
Miklos Rozsa
as Conductor
Frank Scannell
as Master of Ceremonies [Equilibrium]
Reginald Sheffield
as Production Manager
Elizabeth Slifer
as Concierge [Equilibrium]
Alice Talton
as Rose [Equilibrium]
Jack Tesler
as Bartender [Equilibrium]
Kaaren Verne
as Madame Legay [Equilibrium]
Frank Wilcox
as [Equilibrium]
Ivan Hayes
as Chorus Boy
Phyllis Graffeo
as Italian Girl [Mademoiselle]
Rudy Lee
as Little Boy [Mademoiselle]
Hayden Rorke
as Mr. Rorke [Mademoiselle]
Miklos Rozsa
as Conductor
Torben Meyer
as Man [Equilibrium]
Elizabeth Slifer
as Concierge [Equilibrium]
Alberto Morin
as Mr. Sandes [Mademoiselle]
Sam Harris
as Ad Libs
Reginald Sheffield
as Production Manager
Peter Brocco
as Bartender [Mademoiselle]
Robert Horton
as Young Man on Boat [Mademoiselle]
Steven Geray
as Legay [Equilibrium]
Ivan Hayes
as Chorus Boy
Jack Raine
as Doctor
Jack Tesler
as Bartender [Equilibrium]
Jacob Gimpel
as Pianist
Kaaren Verne
as Madame Legay [Equilibrium]
John Lupton
as Studious Young Man
Larry Olsen
as Terry [Mademoiselle]
Kay English
as Nurse [Equilibrium]
Paula Raymond
as Mrs. Campbell [Mademoiselle]
Paul Maxey
as Bill Cyrus [Equilibrium]
Ottola Nesmith
as Usher
Paul Bryar
as River Policeman [Equilibrium]
Manuel Paris
as Mr. Carlos [Mademoiselle]
Leo Mostovoy
as Stranger in Cafe [Equilibrium]
Noreen Corcoran
as Little Girl [Mademoiselle]
Argentina Brunetti
as Saleswoman [Mademoiselle]
Frank Wilcox
as [Equilibrium]
Frank Scannell
as Master of Ceremonies [Equilibrium]
Alice Talton
as Rose [Equilibrium]
Ernesto Morelli
as Railway Porter [Mademoiselle]

Crew

Vincente Minnelli
Director
Gottfried Reinhardt
Director
Jan Lustig
Screenwriter
Ladislao Vajda
Screen Story
Harold Hal Rosson
Cinematographer
Miklos Rozsa
Composer (Music Score)
Ralph Winters
Editor
Edwin B. Willis
Production Designer
Arthur Krams
Production Designer
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edward C. Carfagno
Art Director
Gabriel Scognamillo
Art Director
Arthur Krams
Set Designer
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Helen Rose
Costume Designer
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects
Jack Greenwood
First Assistant Director
Frederick Ashton
Choreography
William J. Tuttle
Makeup
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