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Athena (1954) was a Musical - Romance Film directed by Richard Thorpe and produced by Joe Pasternak.

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Adam Calhorn Shaw: You earned $100,000 singing?
Johnny Nyle: Well, you probably wouldn't call it singing. I'm a crooner.
Adam Calhorn Shaw: There ought to be a law against that.


Adam Calhorn Shaw: What's their number?
Johnny Nyle: Oh, they don't believe in telephones.
Adam Calhorn Shaw: Telephones are not a matter of faith!


Minerva Mulvain: Pneumonia, how old-fashioned.


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The song "Faster Than Sound" by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane was recorded but not used in the final print.
The reason Esther Williams is given credit as a co-writer is because the project was originally intended as a swimming vehicle for her. However the swimming scenes were changed to singing ones and Williams was replaced with Jane Powell by producer Dore Schary. This was one of the reasons why Williams would soon leave MGM.
When the daughter of Italian director Pietro Francisci saw this film, she suggested bodybuilder-turned-actor 'Steve Reeves' for the title role in her father's upcoming production Le fatiche di Ercole (US title: "Hercules").
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