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Richard Connell (original screenplay) and
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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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  (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)

Frank Baker ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Jack Baxley ... Detective at Wedding Reception (uncredited)
Wally Boag ... Canadian Flier (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... Gene (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Accordionist (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)

James Gonzalez ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Dick Gordon ... Wedding Guest (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)
Beryl McCutcheon ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Danna McGraw ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Frank McLure ... Hotel Lounge Patron (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Warren Mills ... Page Boy (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Club Patron (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

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

Did You Know?

This film was first telecast in New York City Saturday 9 November 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), followed by Philadelphia Friday 20 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by San Francisco 8 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7) and by Los Angeles 9 February 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11). 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 »
Revealing mistakes: The balconies at the hotel are obviously a set since there is no glass in the windows or doors. This can be clearly seen since there are no reflections when the characters move past them.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited from The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939)See more »
I Should CareSee more »


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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
romantic fun, 18 March 2006
Author: oakyal from San Francisco Bay Area

Van Johnson and Esther Williams at their loveliest. Wonderful music throughout. A delightful picture for anyone who has ever been or hopes to be in love.

We have beautiful Esther Williams swimming and diving. We have Van Johnson sincere and radiant. We have Melchior in fine classical voice, Tommy Dorsey playing Grieg on the trombone (!) along with other classic Dorsey hits. And a couple of new songs. The movie mostly takes place in a resort with Olympic swimming pool and a sound-stage with a view over Yosemite Valley.

It's all very light, but let yourself be carried away, and it will steal your heart.

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