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Bathing Beauty
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Director:
Writers:
Kenneth Earl (story) &
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Release Date:
July 1944 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
M.G.M's Mammoth Technicolor Musical Spectacle!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Esther Williams obituary
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Actress Esther Williams dies
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Red Skelton ... Steve Elliot

Esther Williams ... Caroline Brooks

Basil Rathbone ... George Adams
Bill Goodwin ... Professor Willis Evans
Jean Porter ... Jean Allenwood
Nana Bryant ... Dean Clinton
Carlos Ramírez ... Carlos Ramirez
Ethel Smith ... Ethel Smith - Music Teacher
Xavier Cugat Orchestra ... Cugat Orchestra (as Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra)
Lina Romay ... Lina Romay
Harry James Orchestra ... Harry James Orchestra (as Harry James and His Music Makers)
Helen Forrest ... Helen Forrest

Donald Meek ... Chester Klazenfrantz
Jacqueline Dalya ... Maria Dorango
Francis Pierlot ... Professor Hendricks
Ann Codee ... Mme. Zarka
Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Allenwood
Bunny Waters ... Bunny

Janis Paige ... Janis
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Xavier Cugat ... Orchestra Leader

Harry James ... Harry James
Abigail Adams ... Co-Ed (uncredited)

Dorothy Adams ... Ms. Hanney (uncredited)
Margaret Adden ... Co-Ed (uncredited)
Douglas Berle ... Pedro (uncredited)
Karin Booth ... Co-Ed (uncredited)
Lucille Casey ... Co-Ed (uncredited)
Jesús Castillón ... Guadalajara Trio Member (uncredited)
Aina Constant ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Donald Davis ... Pablo (uncredited)
Pat Dean ... Swimmer (uncredited)
Linda Deane ... Co-Ed (uncredited)
Dolores Dey ... Co-Ed (uncredited)
Elspeth Dudgeon ... Ms. Travers (uncredited)
Bonnie Edwards ... Co-Ed (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Faculty Member (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Backstage Manager (uncredited)
Alice Eyland ... Co-Ed (uncredited)
Dorothy Ford ... Dorothy (uncredited)
Mary Ganley ... Mary (uncredited)
Jane Green ... Justice of the Peace's Wife (uncredited)
The Guadalajara Trio ... Musicians - 'Bim, Bam, Bum' Number (uncredited)
Betty Lou Hanson ... Swimmer (uncredited)
Charmienne Harker ... Co-Ed (uncredited)
Mary Ann Hawkins ... Specialty Swimmer (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Jonathan (uncredited)
Russell Hicks ... Mr. Allenwood (uncredited)
Frank Holiday Jr. ... Musician - 'Alma llanera' Number (uncredited)
Jane Isbell ... Western Union Girl (uncredited)
Betty Jaynes ... Co-Ed (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Captain of Waiters (uncredited)
Eleanor Keaton ... Swimmer (uncredited)
Gloria Lake ... Co-Ed (uncredited)
Vicky Lane ... Co-Ed (uncredited)
Lamberto Leyva ... Guadalajara Trio Member (uncredited)
John Lopez ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Ann Lundeen ... Co-Ed (uncredited)
Peggy Maley ... Co-Ed (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Doorman (uncredited)
Beryl McCutcheon ... Co-Ed (uncredited)
Buddy Moreno ... Buddy (uncredited)
Muriel Morris ... Co-Ed (uncredited)
Douglas Morrow ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Faculty Member (uncredited)
Helen O'Hara ... Helen - Co-Ed (uncredited)
Shelby Payne ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Mary Perine ... Co-Ed (uncredited)
George Pitman ... Musician - 'Alma llanera' Number (uncredited)
Bob Priester ... Musician - 'Alma llanera' Number (uncredited)
Bertha Priestley ... Fat Girl (uncredited)
Eloise Rawitzer ... Singer - 'I'll Take the High Note' Number (uncredited)
Danny Reilley ... Pancho (uncredited)
Mildred Riley ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Noreen Roth ... Noreen - Co-Ed (uncredited)
Mario Santos ... Guadalajara Trio Member (uncredited)
Earl Schenck ... Professor Nichols (uncredited)
Naomi Scher ... Co-Ed (uncredited)
Erin Selwyn ... Co-Ed (uncredited)
Almira Sessions ... Ms. Phillips (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Mary C. Taylor ... Water Ballet Performer (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Adams Club Maitre d' at (uncredited)
Andrew Tombes ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Celia Travers ... Sourface Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Beverly Tyler ... Co-Ed (uncredited)
Harry von Schloeten ... Musician - 'Alma llanera' Number (uncredited)
Sarah Wallace ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Allan Watson ... Musician - 'Alma llanera' Number (uncredited)
Constance Weiler ... Co-Ed (uncredited)
Joe Yule ... Bartender (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Sidney 
 
Writing credits
Kenneth Earl (story) &
M.M. Musselman (story) and
Curtis Kenyon (story)

Joseph Schrank (adaptation)

Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay) &
Allen Boretz (screenplay) and
Frank Waldman (screenplay)

Produced by
Jack Cummings .... producer
 
Original Music by
Daniele Amfitheatrof (uncredited)
Johnny Green (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr.  (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
Blanche Sewell 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Stephen Goosson 
Merrill Pye 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup designer
Ben Libizer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sandy Ross .... assistant director (uncredited)
George Ryan .... assistant director (uncredited)
Herman E. Webber .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
McLean Nisbet .... associate set decorator
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Bill Edmondson .... production sound mixer (uncredited)
Frank McKenzie .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Ralph Shugart .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Leavitt .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ted Weisbarth .... director of photography: Water Ballet sequence (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kay Dean .... associate costume supervisor
Irene .... costume supervisor
Irene Sharaff .... costume designer: water ballet costumes (as Sharaff)
 
Music Department
Ted Duncan .... orchestrator
Johnny Green .... music supervisor
Johnny Green .... musical director
Calvin Jackson .... orchestrator
Johnny Thompson .... orchestrator
David Raksin .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Marlin Skiles .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Alton .... dance director
John Murray Anderson .... water ballet
Merwin Daynes .... assistant technical director
Jack Donohue .... dance director
Henri Jaffa .... associate technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Buster Keaton .... gag consultant (uncredited)
Edith Motridge .... swimming double: Esther Williams (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
101 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:F (Ontario) | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #9966) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Waltz of the FlowersSee more »

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33 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
A lavish water spectacle..., 26 March 2005

One MGM musical of the time launched a career that flourished for the balance of the decade… A champion swimmer and a tall, strikingly pretty woman, Esther Williams had played small roles in two MGM films when she was starred in "Bathing Beauty." She played a swimming teacher at a girls' school whose husband (Red Skelton) enrolls at the school to be near her...

The plot was merely an excuse for knockabout antics by Skelton and especially for Williams' aquacades… The pattern was fixed for the rest of the series of popular light musicals she starred in: Williams as a smiling mermaid moving balletically underwater to the strains of a pleasing melody…

Bathing Beauty's finale is a lavish water spectacle with the star as the focal point of intricate underwater formations…

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