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  • Imperium from 1951 was not a movie that I enjoyed overall
  • I just didn't like much of it, including the ending, which I found to be depressing
  • Those who have read many of my movie and TV reviews will know that I prefer happy endings and that melancholy conclusions disgust me
  • I think they did their best, but most of it was barely tolerable, and that includes star Lana Turner who portrayed Fredda Barlo
  • I'm sorry for his fans, but I thought he was just horrid

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      Mr. Imperium from 1951 was not a movie that I enjoyed overall. I just didn’t like much of it, including the ending, which I found to be depressing. Those who have read many of my movie and TV reviews will know that I prefer happy endings and that melancholy conclusions disgust me. Well, let’s just say that this doesn’t have what I call a happy ending, so it didn’t leave me with a good taste.

      The movie


      did have a nice montage of the central romance showing, showing the leading characters out and about. That I liked.

      However, it is incredible how poorly acted much of Mr. Imperium was. I think they did their best, but most of it was barely tolerable, and that includes star Lana Turner who portrayed Fredda Barlo.

      Turner actually sang a couple of numbers in this film. In truth, though, her singing was dubbed but it’s one of the few ...


      • times to me that the voice somehow really matched the person I was looking at. I’ve seen some very nasty matches where the vocal did not match the speech, and that is so ultra annoying. I actually thought that Lana did a good job of lip singing, too, which is far harder than most people realize.

        Turner’s romantic co-star was Ezio Pinza, and boy, was he bad. I’m sorry for his fans, but I thought he was

        just horrid. Not only that, but he and Tuner had no on screen magic.

        I did enjoy watching Marjorie Main, but more than her, I loved seeing a very young and still brunette Debbie Reynolds. Her youthful Gwen was only in a small part of the movie, but she really livened things up for a bit.

        Barry Sullivan made me yawn, and the normally delightful Cedric Hardwicke made me want to run and hide from his performance.

        This movie is a no go.



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