Taylor plays small-town dance instructor Stacie Macaboy, who travels to New York for a dance convention - and finds herself unconventionally attracted to hardboiled Broadway talent agent Jud Parker played by Larry Parks.
"Notoriously pretty and wearing her dancing tights with aplomb" (Newsweek), Elizabeth Taylor makes her screen transition from junior miss to romantic ingenue in this frothy frolic directed by Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain).
Taylor plays small-town dance instructor Stacie Macaboy, who travels to New York for a dance convention - and finds herself unconventionally attracted to hardboiled Broadway talent agent Jud Parker (The Jolson Story star Larry Parks). When romance leads to talk of marriage, the budding relationship takes a clumsy misstep. But Stacie and her dad (Tom Tully) cleverly scheme to put the brash and bullheaded Jud on his toes, leading to some hilarious scenes involving Stacie's impish students and a climactic dance recital that showcases Parks' slapstick talents.
In this romantic gem, beautiful and youthful Elizabeth Taylor shows her legs as a dance instructor who travels to New York City for a dance convention and, without her mother as chaperone for the first time, finds herself swept up by roguish theatrical agent Jud (Larry Parks), who takes her to baseball games and shows but drops her as soon as the possibility of marriage crops up. Taylor and her father plot to get Jud back, but will she be able to hide her love for him while he comes to her senses about her' Taylor was 20 when this movie was released, and she simply shines.
A successful but naive dance teacher grows up quickly when she finds love and loses it during a fantastic week in New York City on the arm of Jud, a charming theatrical agent confirmed in his bachelor status. Untrue scandal about her behavior follows her back home to Connecticut, so she enlists Jud's help to fake an engagement and save her reputation...while she secretly hopes the engagement will become real.
Larry Parks was blacklisted after appearing before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), and LOVE IS BETTER THAN EVER is one of his last movies. Because of Parks's blacklisting by the McCarthy committee, the release of this film was delayed.
Parks played Al Jolson in both THE JOLSON STORY and JOLSON SINGS AGAIN.
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