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Richard Connell (original screenplay) and
Gladys Lehman (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 November 1945 (Sweden) See more »
Musical bliss with every kiss!
A swim teacher and a wealthy businessman are married after a brief courtship. A charming war hero falls in love with this newly-married woman, after her husband abandons her on their honeymoon for the sake of a business meeting. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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One of Top Box-Office Draws of the '40s Has Died: Esther Williams
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Esther Williams Dead At 91
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Esther Williams dies at 91
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  (in credits order)

Van Johnson ... Maj. Thomas Milvaine

Esther Williams ... Cynthia Glenn
Frances Gifford ... Maude Bancroft

Henry Travers ... Hobart Glenn

Spring Byington ... Nona Glenn
Lauritz Melchior ... Mr. Nils Knudsen
Carleton G. Young ... Robert G. Delbar

Ethel Griffies ... Mrs. Fenway

Donald Curtis ... K.O. Karny
Jerry Scott ... Lyonel
Fernando Alvarado ... Julio
Helene Stanley ... Susan
Vince Barnett ... Oscar
Billy House ... Dr. Tovve
Joan Fay Macaboy ... Betty

Tommy Dorsey ... Tommy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra ... Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (as Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Allen ... Member Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (uncredited)
Jessie Arnold ... Cleaning Woman (uncredited)
Jack Baxley ... Detective at Wedding Reception (uncredited)
Wally Boag ... Canadian Flier (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... Gene (uncredited)
Tom Brannigan ... Johnny (uncredited)
Virginia Brissac ... Ms. McKenzie (uncredited)
Art Buehler ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Fulton Burley ... Canadian Flier (uncredited)
Lucille Casey ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Mimi Cassell ... Giggling Girl (uncredited)

Jeff Chandler ... Singer (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Nightclub Patron / Hotel Lounge Patron (uncredited)
Tony Coppala ... Waiter (uncredited)

Douglas Cowan ... Canadian Flier (uncredited)
Elizabeth Dailey ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Henry H. Daniels Jr. ... Canadian Flier (uncredited)
Rudy De Saxe ... Waiter (uncredited)

Buddy DeFranco ... Member Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (uncredited)
Evelyn Del Rio ... Girl (uncredited)
Frances Donelan ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Dick Earle ... Mr. Carter (uncredited)
Carli Elinor ... Gypsy Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Frank Ferguson ... 1st Hotel Monte Belva Clerk (uncredited)
Dorothy Ford ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Grace Ford ... Cleaning Woman (uncredited)
Mary Jane French ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Arno Frey ... Hotel Headwaiter (uncredited)
Karen X. Gaylord ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Winifred Glyn ... Girl (uncredited)
Albert Godderis ... Waiter (uncredited)
Ray Goulding ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Aileen Haley ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Dolores Hall ... Girl (uncredited)
Thurston Hall ... J.P. Bancroft (uncredited)
Phil Hanna ... Canadian Flier (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Chess Player (uncredited)
Jane Isbell ... Giggling Girl (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... 2nd Hotel Monte Belva Clerk (uncredited)
Robert Emmett Keane ... Austin Vemmering (uncredited)
The King Sisters ... Specialty Act (uncredited)
Peggy Leon ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Irv Lewis ... Member Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (uncredited)
Ann Lundeen ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Hotel Lounge Patron (uncredited)
Gerald Mackey ... Boy (uncredited)
Hugh Maguire ... Boy (uncredited)
Dodo Marmarosa ... Member Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Hotel Lounge Patron (uncredited)
Beryl McCutcheon ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Danna McGraw ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Warren Mills ... Page Boy (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Poolside Dance Floor Guest (uncredited)
Tim Murdock ... Naval Ensign (uncredited)
Alex Novinsky ... Chess-Player (uncredited)
Dagmar Oakland ... Guest at Reception (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... Hotel Lounge Waiter (uncredited)
Jean Porter ... Ga-Ga Bride (uncredited)
Buddy Rich ... Member Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (uncredited)
Erin Selwyn ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Ethel Smith ... Ethel Smith - Organ Player (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Joseph Sullivan ... Canadian Flier (uncredited)
Bobby Walberg ... Boy (uncredited)
Alice Wallace ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Pierre Watkin ... Tycoon (uncredited)
Eve Whitney ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Thorpe 
Writing credits
Richard Connell (original screenplay) and
Gladys Lehman (original screenplay)

Produced by
Joe Pasternak .... producer
Original Music by
Calvin Jackson (uncredited)
George Stoll (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr. 
Film Editing by
George Boemler 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Hans Peters 
Set Decoration by
Jack Bonar 
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Kay Dean 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marvin Stuart .... assistant director
Sound Department
Joe Edmondson .... sound technician
Robert Shirley .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Newell Sparks .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
William Steinkamp .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
John A. Williams .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mark Davis .... matte paintings camera (uncredited)
Warren Newcombe .... matte paintings (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Leavitt .... second camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Ted Duncan .... orchestrator
Calvin Jackson .... orchestrator
Fred Norman .... orchestrator
Joseph Nussbaum .... orchestrator
George Stoll .... music adaptor (as Georgie Stoll)
George Stoll .... musical director (as Georgie Stoll)
Hugo Winterhalter .... orchestrator
Pete Decker .... music mixer (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
William Saracino .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Henri Jaffa .... associate technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Charles Walters .... dance director
Ruth Nurmi .... diving double: Esther Williams (uncredited)
Jack Shea .... diving double: Donald Curtis (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
105 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Did You Know?

The featured song "Please Don't Say No (Say Maybe)" was recorded by numerous singers in the late 1940s.See more »
Continuity: When Cynthia and Thomas are lost in the woods she lies down to sleep and she has his jacket over one shoulder. He reaches down and pulls the jacket all the way over her. They cut to him and then back to her and the jacket is still only over one shoulder.See more »
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Thrill of Melchoir, 19 June 2003
Author: harry-76 from Cleveland, Ohio

The glorious voice of Wagnerian Tenor Lauritz Melchoir adorns this formulistic film, crafted by MGM staff writers.

After dominating the Met and international operatic stages along with colleague Soprano Helen Traubel, Melchoir along with Traubel and Ezio Pinza signed MGM contracts. The three appeared in light musicals for this studio, singing arias, light ballads and specialty numbers, which were incorporated into the plotlines.

Here Melchoir's role is quite gratuitous, yet all is forgotten when he opens his mouth and sings several varied selections.

His voice rings out like a bell, and he possesses a welcome warmth and humor in his screen presence. Joined by studio regulars Esther Williams, Van Johnson, and Bandleader Tommy Dorsey, Melchoir manages to punctuate the slightly sub-par plot with charm.

It's as though the project was cast first, then writers were called upon to write for each personality. While the proceedings may be a bit routine, the music, color and trappings are quite enjoyable, and a pleasant reminder of a gentle era of movie making.

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