A contrived misunderstanding leads to the breakup of a songwriter and his fiancée. She returns to work as a gym teacher at an all-girls school, but a legal loophole allows the man to enroll as one of her students.

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George Adams
Bill Goodwin ...
Professor Willis Evans
Jean Porter ...
Jean Allenwood
Nana Bryant ...
Dean Clinton
Carlos Ramírez ...
Carlos Ramirez
Ethel Smith ...
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Cugat Orchestra (as Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra)
Lina Romay ...
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Harry James and His Music Makers ...
Helen Forrest ...
Helen Forrest
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Chester Klazenfrantz
Jacqueline Dalya ...
Maria Dorango
Francis Pierlot ...
Professor Hendricks
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Songwriter Steve Elliott is about to marry Caroline Brooks. A strange woman who's been paid by Steve's agent to say she's his wife interrupts the ceremony. An angry Caroline gets her old job back teaching at a girl's college. Determined to win her back, Steve enrolls in the school to become its only male student. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles on KTTV (Channel 11) Friday 25 January 1957, in New York City on WCBS (Channel 2) 2 January 1959, and in San Francisco on KGO-TV (Channel 7) 9 May 1959 . At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. See more »

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Themselves: But he doesn't like pools!
Themselves: Wait till you see what's in it!
George Adams: Don't tell me it's a woman - he'd never fall for a bathing suit.
Themselves: Wait till you see what's in it!
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Alma llanera
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Red steals the show in pink tutu and ballet slippers...
3 November 2003 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

BATHING BEAUTY offers lots of eye candy and a couple of hilarious RED SKELTON routines proving he's a master at physical comedy. The musical interludes are on the dull side and don't give strong enough material to Ethel Smith (at the organ), Harry James, Xavier Cugat and Carlos Ramirez--a Latin tenor with a strong voice but no charisma.

The slender plot is the usual misunderstanding that occurs in these type of ESTHER WILLIAMS movies. She thinks her newly wed hubby (Red) is the father of three boys, thanks to a practical joke played by BASIL RATHBONE (who looks as if he'd rather be elsewhere in a thankless role). She tries throughout the film to get Red dismissed from the all girl college he enters just to be near her. The highlight of the film is Red's bashful entrance into a class of ballerinas, clad in pink tutu and ballet slippers--all the while being slapped around by a ruthless instructor and going through ballet paces with hilarious results.

The supporting cast is largely wasted--including Bill Goodwin, Margaret Dumont and Janis Paige in a brief role. Jean Porter gets to do more than usual and even has a song and dance number with Red.

The water ballet at the finale is nicely done in typical MGM manner but not as ostentatious as usual for an Esther Williams film. This was her debut as a leading lady and she has lots of confidence and poise, both in and out of the water. In fact, it's one of her better performances--but the spotlight belongs to Red Skelton who deserves his top billing.


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