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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Lauritz Melchior ...
Richard Herald
Johnny Johnston ...
Dick Johnson (as Johnnie Johnston)
Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra ...
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Mary Stuart ...
Frances Allenbury
Ludwig Stössel ...
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Dorothy Porter ...
Merle
Tommy Wonder ...
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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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Bezaubernde Lippen  »

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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 »

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

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I Love to Dance
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Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Played by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra
Sung by Lina Romay
Danced by Tommy Wonder
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An aquatic historical moment
12 June 2015 | by (Kalamazoo MI) – See all my reviews

The cast list of this movie reads like a George Carlin joke, but a careful viewer will discover why actors like Jimmy Durante and Esther Williams were hired over and over again.

The movie is a musical, not because the characters sing to advance the plot, but because the music is really what this film is about. The plot, such as it is, is easily spotted five minutes into the film and serves mainly to provide a framework for Esther Williams to do what she was best at. The same is true for Lauritz Melchior and Jimmy Durante. What they were good at is seen in the 21st Century as quaint, but again a careful viewer will find rewards.

As a Michigan resident, I watched the movie for its scenes of the boats that used to ply the waters of the Straits of Makinac. It doesn't matter that when the movie shows the "Chief Wawatam" docking at Mackinac Island, it's actually docking at Mackinaw City. I like seeing the boats that are now all just memories as they once were, an essential part of Michigan life.

So what if the "nightclubs" are so large they can only be Hollywood sound stages? So what if we are essentially seeing a remake of "The Jazz Singer?. Enjoy the music, the water ballet, Jimmy Durante's jokes and Xavier Cugat's teacup chihuahua.


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