My One and Only – a contest.

I’m looking forward to seeing the film “My One and Only” which has just been released. Set in 1953 and starring Renee Zellweger, Logan Lerman, Kevin Bacon, Eric McCormack & Chris Noth, it tells the story of Ann Deveraux who packs up her two teenage sons and hits the road in search of a new husband after she catches her current one in bed with another woman.

Based on the early adventures of George Hamilton, who’s glamourous mother did a similar thing, the look and style of the film is charming and the eye candy is fine. It promises to be a most enjoyable film.

You can see the trailer here.

“My One and Only” is being released by Hopscotch Films and promoted by Caper Creative, who have kindly offered Circa’s readers five double passes to see the film anywhere in Australia that it is showing.

To win one, all you have to do is comment on this post with your favourite American film released in 1953, and why you love it so. Here’s a list from IMDB and one from Wikipedia too.

I’ll start you off – my favourite has to be Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, a glossy confection about two adventuring showgirls on their way to Paris. Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell are perfect foils for each other, and never fail to please, and the film features some of MM’s finest musical numbers including “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” and Two Little Girls from Little Rock. Just so you don’t think I’m completely stuck on Marilyn, here’s La Russell in Ain’t There Anyone Here for Love?

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  1. I wasn’t intending to comment on this, but I was idly browsing the Wikipedia list and spotted one of my all-time favourite movie-musicals on the list so I thought I’d better!

    Kiss Me, Kate; what’s not to love about it? Howard Keel (when he’s ‘on-stage’ in the film, he sports a goatee that inspired in me a minor crush when I was a teenager), Ann Miller singing “Too Darn Hot” and doing a spectacular tap sequence, Cole Porter’s music, and a plot that’s loosely based on The Taming of the Shrew (it’s a movie musical about a stage musical version of the play, if you follow).

    I’d love to link you to something but there doesn’t seem to be anything on You Tube so I guess MGM have been asserting their copyright ๐Ÿ™

  2. I had to check to make sure the dates were right, but Calamity Jane.
    Doris Day. Who could go past her blokette style acting before most of us even knew what a blokette was! My favourite memory of the movie is actually not in the movie at all. It’s my baby sister at the tender age of 8 singing and dancing “It’s Harry That I Will Marry” around our living room!

  3. My favourite film of 1953 would have to be Roman Holiday, the story of a European princess’s struggles with her duties in the year of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation and a journalist’s redemption, Roman street scenes on location and Audrey Hepburn’s gamine beauty equally at home in New Look couture or men’s shirts enchanted me.

    PS, Lil Miss Kat the IMDB link for Kiss Me Kate is here.

  4. LOVE Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – the costumes, the jewellery, the songs. Specially love Lorelei’s green deep v-neck top with the inky blue pants and lilac sash รขโ‚ฌโ€œ PERFECT. Roman Holiday isn’t far off though. Audrey’s pixie cut and men’s shirt with rolled-up sleeves and that super full skirt . . .

  5. my absolute favorite film of 1953 would have to be how to marry a millionare.the girls in the film are such great characters all in search of a man with money and end up marrying for love, but much to there own surprise there husbands end up being very rich !

  6. Roman Holiday; Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, a tour through Rome on a Vespa, that pixie haircut; sublime from beginning to end!

  7. Okay so I will admit that I haven’t seen many films from 1953 – I am woefully behind on my vintage film watching.

    But I thought of one old movie that I have remembered since watching it as a child and a quick Google search reveals that miraculously it was released in 1953 – however it isn’t American, it’s French so I guess I am disqualified but I still wanted to post! ๐Ÿ˜€

    It’s called The Wages of Fear and I watched it when I was about 10 or 11 and I still remember the incredible suspense and the thrilling and poignant ending. Absolutely brilliant film.
    Here is the Wiki but don’t read the whole plot synopsis unless you want a really bad spoiler hehe

  8. My favourite film of 1953 (and one of my favourites ever) is Roman Holiday. A beautiful princess on the (temporary) run who cuts off her hair, learns to smoke, meets a gorgeous man (Gregory Peck – did they come much more gorgeous than that at the time, except for maybe Gary Grant?????!)jumps on a vespa with him, gets into trouble, dances at a barge party and defies the Mouth of Truth. If that’s not a classic case of 1920s Flapper girl behaviour still going strong in the 50s, then I don’t know what is!! And let’s be honest girls – which of us has never slipped a shoe to soothe aching feet under a fabulous evening gown at a dreary function, only to discover the shoe has managed to escape the reaches of foot?! Happens to me more times than I’d care to admit to. All these beautiful people having fun against the majestic backdrop of Rome. Aaaaah… romantic!!

  9. Roman Holiday

    This is just a really cute movie …Audrey Hepburn is just one of earths creatures that has such amazing poise and elegance that she seems to entrance me … the movie plot is very sweet and an adventure in Rome brings back the idea of old romance.I love the possibility of the romance that developes between these two characters and
    thesome what secret adventure they have together. Plus who doesn’t want to be given a tour around a foreign city by dishy scallywag …moped anyone ..tee hee

  10. Definitely Roman Holiday. It launched Audrey’s Hollywood career, won her an Oscar and both Audrey and Gregory were at their radiant best, as was Rome.
    Fingers crossed I win!

  11. Cat Women of the Moon! From the ‘so bad it’s good’ era of sci-fi. It’s cheesy, tacky and awful but that is what makes it so fun to watch with drinks and friends in tow!

  12. Yes, Roman Holiday is fantastic. But for music and great dancing you can’t beat ‘Kiss Me Kate’. Any film which has the songs ‘I hate men’ and ‘Always True to You, Darling, in my Fashion’ is a winner in my book!

  13. I may be too late, but I still have to say my favourite would have to be Peter Pan. ๐Ÿ˜€

    It may not have the exquisite outfits and dresses in How to Marry a Millionaire and Gentleman prefer Blonds, but I still think its magical.

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