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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 Dead At Age 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)

Buddy De Franco ... Member Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (uncredited)
Rudy De Saxe ... Waiter (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)
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)
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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)

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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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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Leaving Esther On Their Honeymoon, What a Maroon, 23 August 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

For 1945 with the Code firmly in place this film was quite daring in its subject matter. But the Esther Williams audience only wanted to see Esther in a bathing suit in or out of the water and Thrill of a Romance gave the viewer plenty of both.

Esther is a swimming instructor at a public pool in Los Angeles and driving by one day is Howard Hughes like tycoon Carleton G. Young. He puts on quite the campaign and they wed.

But Young is far more interested in business and while at a resort hotel on their honeymoon, Carleton gets called away to Washington on a big deal. We know what his priorities are. So Esther is an unconsummated bride alone on her honeymoon, when up pops war hero Van Johnson.

So for a week she and Van keep each other company and look pretty sad all the while.

Now Thrill of a Romance was not advertised to be Hamlet, but I found the premise here to be way to silly. But with lots of shots of Esther wet and dry and music by Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra and Lauritz Melchior of the Metropolitan Opera we had a whole lot of music of every taste. A highlight is a drum solo by Buddy Rich who after Frank Sinatra left as the band's vocalist, was Dorsey's main attraction.

Young Jerry Scott who plays Lyonel a bellboy at the hotel gives a nice lyric tenor interpretation of Because which that year was revived in a big hit record by Perry Como.

Speaking of Sinatra, he recorded a song written for this film I Should Care which was authored by his personal arranger Axel Stordahl and Sammy Cahn. Also sold a few platters back in the day.

Melchior sung a wide range of both classical and popular tunes. And he sort of functioned in the role of a father confessor to both Johnson and Williams. Had this been done at Warner Brothers, Melchior's part would have been played by S.Z. Sakall. Melchior even had the cheeks for it.

It's a nice film, maybe a little too light and too silly for today's audience. But Esther Williams fans got what they wanted.

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