Athena (1954) - Rotten Tomatoes


Athena (1954)





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Health faddist Mulvain and his astrology-minded wife Salome hold court over their seven musical-prodigy daughters. Each girl is named after a mythical Greek. Athena falls in love with lawyer Adam Shaw and Minerva is ga-ga over crooner Johnny Nyle, neither of whom measure up to Mulvain's notions of perfection.

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Jane Powell
as Athena Mulvain
Debbie Reynolds
as Minerva Mulvain
Edmund Purdom
as Adam Calhorn Shaw
Virginia Gibson
as Niobe Mulvain
Nancy Kilgas
as Aphrodite
Dolores Starr
as Calliope
Vic Damone
as Johnny Nyle
Louis Calhern
as Grandpa Mulvain
Evelyn Varden
as Grandma Salome Mulvain
Linda Christian
as Beth Hallson
Ray Collins
as Mr. Tremaine
Carl Benton Reid
as Mr. Griswalde
Howard Wendell
as Mr. Grenville
Steve Reeves
as Ed Perkins
Kathleen Freeman
as Miss Seely
Richard Sabre
as Bill Nichols
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Critic Reviews for Athena

All Critics (2)

Debbie Reynolds delivers song-and-dance moxie, and Hercules himself, Steve Reeves, heads up a subplot involving the Mister Universe pageant that brings more beefcake than the mid-'50s could have imagined.

September 10, 2021 | Full Review…

Fun little musical with bright color design and pleasant, warm comedy.

September 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Athena

Middling musical filled with pretty people. Purdom was never the greatest actor but was an extremely handsome man. Jane and Debbie are bubbly and fresh as sisters. The best performance comes from the terrific Louis Calhern as the somewhat daffy grandfather. Interesting to compare Evelyn Varden's spacy Grandma here and her portrayal of the vicious Icey Spoon in the next year's Night of the Hunter. Probably the only movie, musical or otherwise that stops cold to have a Mr. Universe contest stuffed into it. Pleasant but minor.

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