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Bathing Beauty (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | July 1944 (USA)
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 ...
Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra ...
Cugat Orchestra
Lina Romay ...
Lina Romay
Harry James and His Orchestra ...
Harry James Orchestra (as 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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Storyline

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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M.G.M's Mammoth Technicolor Musical Spectacle!

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Comedy | Musical

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Passed | See all certifications »
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July 1944 (USA)  »

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The Co-Ed  »

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$2,361,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was initially to be titled "The Co-Ed" with Red Skelton having top billing. However, once MGM execs watched the first cut of the film, they realized that Esther Williams' role should be showcased more, and so changed the title to "Bathing Beauty", giving her top billing and featuring her bathing-suit clad figure on the posters. See more »

Quotes

Professor Hendricks: Are we keeping you awake, Mr. Elliot?
Steve Elliot: Barely.
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Referenced in Hey Babu Riba (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

By the Waters of Minnetonka: an Indian Love Song
(1914)(uncredited)
Music by Thurlow Lieurance
Lyrics by J.M. Cavanass
Played by Ethel Smith on organ with the MGM Studio Orchestra
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A Great PWP (Plot, What Plot?) Wartime Morale Movie
4 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The lack of plot is part of what is fun.

Released during the middle of WWII, it is a rather obvious excuse to show beautiful women in bathing suits and have lots of really good musical numbers.

There are several wonderful location shots, even though most of it was filmed on a sound stage. One of the locations look likes it was filmed in Palm Springs.

Red Skelton is adorable if a bit typecast. Ester Williams is stunningly beautiful and graceful.

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable, if silly, movie. A great movie for family viewing especially with younger children.


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