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This Time for Keeps (1947)

 |  Musical  |  17 October 1947 (USA)
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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 ...
Cugat Orchestra
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Grandmother Cambaretti
Sharon McManus ...
Dick Simmons ...
Gordon
Mary Stuart ...
Frances Allenbury
Ludwig Stössel ...
Peter
Dorothy Porter ...
Merle
Tommy Wonder ...
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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Bezaubernde Lippen  »

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The swimming pool at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan is named the "Esther Williams Swimming Pool" due to the hotel pool being used in the film. See more »

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Soundtracks

Ora è per sempre addio
(uncredited)
from "Otello"
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Arrigo Boito
Sung by Lauritz Melchior
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Nora loves Dick. But do we care?
27 August 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I recently have watched about a dozen Esther Williams movies. Some were quite good and most were pretty watchable despite the silly plots. However, I must say that of all the ones I've seen, this one is by far the worst. I think that unless you are the sort of person who wants to see all of her movies, this one is imminently skippable.

The film stars Williams as, what else, Nora, an underwater performer. She falls in love (though we know no reason why) with a very dull man named Dick Johnson (I am NOT making that up)--played by Johnny Johnston. However, in a subplot stolen right from "The Jazz Singer", Dick's father is very controlling and expects the young man to not only be an opera singer like himself but also marry the woman HE has picked out for the son! Not surprisingly, the father's actions created serious misunderstandings and nearly break up Nora and Dick. But the problem is Nora really, really loves Dick. Can her love of Dick triumph in the end?

The weakest link in the film is Johnston. While his voice is magnificent, he had as much charisma as a piece of moldy cheese...no,...perhaps less. Looking so plain and possessing very little personality, you have no idea why Nora loves this guy so much. As for me, after a while I really didn't care. Overall, a very simple plot that is too much like "The Jazz Singer" and with a leading man who makes paste seem exciting.

By the way, the underwater ballet scene near the beginning is among Esther's most famous. Yet, as you watch it you'll probably rightfully wonder how the audience who was supposedly watching it could possibly even see these tricks! Think about it--from the stage in the movie, all they could see (barely) is the top of the water!!


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