Loves of Three Queens (Italian: L'amante di Paride), also known as The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships, is a 1954 Italian anthology film. It was directed by Marc Allégret and Edgar G. Ulmer and stars Hedy Lamarr.

Loves of Three Queens
Directed byMarc Allégret
Edgar G. Ulmer
Written byMarc Allégret
Hugh Gray
Aeneas MacKenzie
Vittorio Nino Novarese
Roger Vadim
Salka Viertel
StarringHedy Lamarr
CinematographyJohn Allen
Desmond Dickinson
Guglielmo Lombardi
Fernando Risi
Music byNino Rota
Release date
  • 1954 (1954)



A woman going to a costume party tries to work out which Queen she will dress up as. The film follows scenes from the lives of each of the queens. Genevieve, Josephine, and Helen.





The film had its genesis in a proposed television anthology series called Great Loves. Inspired by her success in Samson and Delilah, Hedy Lamarr and Victor Pahlen intended to produce the series about the love affairs of famous women throughout history. The episodes were to be directed by Edgar G. Ulmer who had collaborated with Hedy Lamarr in her production of The Strange Woman. The runaway production series was to consist of 39 half hour episodes photographed in colour with exteriors to be filmed on Continental European locations using frozen profits of American film producers. Star Hedy Lamarr was to be costumed by Haute couture fashion houses such as Jacques Fath and Dior.

When the television series idea was shelved, three of the teleplays were put together as the film to be shot in Italy. The original director Edgar G. Ulmer had multiple disputes with Hedy Lamarr and walked off the film.[1]


  1. ^ pp.101-102 Irvin, Richard Film Stars’ Television Projects: Pilots and Series of 50+ Movie Greats, 1948–1985 McFarland, 8 Sep. 2017