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This Time for Keeps (1947)

Expected to follow his opera star father into the business, but discontent with his life; a young man pursues a career in popular music and romances the aquatic-ballet dancer he met during his time in the service.

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Lauritz Melchior ...
Richard Herald
Johnny Johnston ...
Dick Johnson (as Johnnie Johnston)
Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra ...
Cugat Orchestra
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Grandmother Cambaretti
Sharon McManus ...
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Gordon
Mary Stuart ...
Frances Allenbury
Ludwig Stössel ...
Peter
Dorothy Porter ...
Merle
Tommy Wonder ...
Tommy Wonder
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Xavier Cugat ...
Orchestra Leader
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Storyline

A singing soldier (Johnny Johnston) newly returned home finds himself discontent to work in his father's opera company or pick up where he left off with his girlfriend. Having met an aquacade showgirl (Esther Williams) while in the service, he reintroduces himself. Romance blossoms. Written by Ray Hamel

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Lilting Rhythms...Lovely Mermaids...Wacky Comedy! See more »

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17 October 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bezaubernde Lippen  »

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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

In the long shots of the scene where Deborah drives the sleigh, it's actually being driven by a local boy of the same age. See more »

Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment! III (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Chiquita Banana
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Written by Leonard McKenzie, Garth Montgomery and William Wirges
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26 May 2003 | by (Glen Arbor, Michigan) – See all my reviews

Many scenes are filmed on Michigan's Mackinac Island, which to this day bans cars in favor of horses and bicycles. After seeing the movie, you can walk down every street and note that nearly 60 years later, nothing has changed.


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