Luxury Liner (1948)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  11 April 1949 (Sweden)
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A young girl stows away aboard a luxury liner which is full of musical stars--and which her father just happens to be the captain.



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Credited cast:
George Brent ...
Lauritz Melchior ...
Olaf Eriksen
Laura Dene
Marina Koshetz ...
Zita Romanka
Xavier Cugat ...
Xavier Cugat
Thomas E. Breen ...
Denis Mulvy
Richard Derr ...
Charles G.K. Worton
John Ridgely ...
Chief Officer Carver (as John Ridgeley)
The Pied Pipers ...
Connie Gilchrist ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Thorndike


What do you do when you are an effervescent teen called Polly and you have a dad who is the skipper of a luxury liner? You ask him to take you on a cruise to Rio of course. What if Captain Bradford refuses and wants you to stay in your boring boarding-school? You stow away, it goes without saying. What if you want to become a singer? Well, you try to convince an operatic star on board of your singing skills. What if Daddy objects to realizing that her daughter's new friend Laura has a crush on him? Just play Cupid for him.Don't you worry, all will end well! Written by Guy Bellinger

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Powell claims that she had a romance with the older George during the film's shoot and turned him down when he proposed marriage. See more »


In the opening credits, the funnels of the inbound luxury liner Mayflower sport the white, green and red of the Italian Line. Once docked, the camera pan across the Mayflower's superstructure shows the forward funnel painted completely in red. On departure, the ship's livery is back to that of the Italian Line, and the Mayflower's bow bears the real-life name of a crack pre-war Italian liner, the Conte di Savoia. See more »


My Shawl
Music by Xavier Cugat
Performed by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra
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Fine ex. of the genre known as the "Xavier Cugat Musical"
15 March 2004 | by (Arlington, VA) – See all my reviews

This movie is pap, but it's pleasant enough pap and offers some wonderful musical moments. The plot is a sit-com all about a girl (Jane Powell) who stows away on the luxury ocean liner her daddy (George Brent, in his second outing in a film with this title!) just happens to captain. Havoc ensues, of course -- the details are beside the point. The real point is that Xavier Cugat is on board with his orchestra -- and lots of surprise musical guests. Audiences in the 40s knew quite well what to expect from this sort of thing -- The Xavier Cugat/Jose Iturbi Musical -- lots of "Latin-style" fun, eye-dazzling Technicolor, and tunes galore. This one is no worse than any of them, and for a few reasons may actually be a bit better. Here's the really great thing about this pic: One of the musical "surprises" on the ship turns out to be operatic tenor Lauritz Melchior! Melchior's voice was one of the finest of his era, and his Wagnerian outing here ("Winter Storms," from Die Walküre) gives a hint of just what a pleasure he was in his prime. His performs duets with Powell from the Viennese repertoire, but she's no match for his power and finesse. Also, Marina Koshetz sings a FAAAAAABulous rendition of Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin."

All in all, worth the time it takes to watch.

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