‘Three Coins in the Fountain’ on Blu-ray from Twilight Time

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This 1954 classic is a must-see for film lovers. Starring Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters, and Maggie McNamara, along with Clifton Webb, Louis Jourdan, and Rossano Brazzi, Three Coins in the Fountain is a beautiful tribute to love and the eternal city of Rome. With the Academy award-winning title song (sung by Frank Sinatra), the film is among the top tier of classic romantic movies.

Anita and Maria (Peters and McNamara) work at an agency in Rome and share an apartment with Miss Frances (McGuire) who is the secretary to an acclaimed author. Unfortunately, she is in love with her boss, John Frederick Shadwell (Webb) but he doesn’t know it.

The three women are looking for love and Anita has found it with the agency’s interpreter Giorgia (Brazzi). Unfortunately for Anita, agency personnel are not allowed to date fellow employees.

And Maria, the newcomer to the group, falls for a prince. Prince Dino di Cessi (Jourdan) is a ladies man and has racked up a long list of conquests. This womanizer has no desire to settle down. But there is something special about Maria and she finally captures his heart. But will her secret tear them apart?

As the three women go about their jobs and keep their love lives on the front burner, trouble looms on the horizon, for each of them. The three couples encounter difficulties and it seems they might not have happy endings. But thanks to the glorious Fountain of Trevi, perhaps their wishes will come true.

The movie was filmed in CinemaScope, which makes it a wonderful tribute to the cities of Rome and Venice. With the title song by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn, the music and the visuals are memorable, as well as the three love stories that play out from the beginning to the end.

The story, from a novel by John H. Secondari, inspired a 1970 TV movie and another one in 1990. It was also the inspiration for the 1964 film The Pleasure Seekers that had the same storyline but took place in Madrid. But there is nothing like the original.

With this A-list cast along with a memorable score, Three Coins in the Fountain is an entertaining and enjoyable movie for the entire family that can be watched over and over again. Seeing the movie in Blu-ray is a delight for fans of the film. This is a limited edition from Twilight Time.

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