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A young navy lieutenant is brought in as techninical adviser on a song-dance-and-swim film being made by screen star Rosalind Reynolds. Having once done a number with her - and been kissed at the end - at a Forces show, the young lad somehow believes she should be his girl. Her boyfriend - and fellow co-star - is just one of those disagreeing. Written by
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This film was first telecast in New York City on WCBS 8 May 1958, in Los Angeles on KTTV 15 May 1958 and in San Francisco on KGO-TV 16 January 1960. At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. See more »
When Ricardo exits the plane into the water and runs to meet Rosalind, his pants go from being submerged in water to dry on land. See more »
Esther Williams, once again, proves that she is unequaled, in these MGM escapism musicals. The story is silly, but she is a star in the first degree. Whether wet, underwater, or gliding across the dance floor, she is a beauty to watch. Playing her swim partners in this film are Ricardo Montalban and Peter Lawford. Montalban comes across better. He did other films with Esther; FIESTA and NEPTUNE'S DAUGHTER. Lawford doesn't come off that well. A bit stiff, but that's his role, and somewhat out of place opposite his gorgeous leading lady, he seemed uncomfortable. And he certainly can't swim.
Jimmy Durante does his usual performance of a lovable sidekick. He, too, played opposite Esther in THIS TIME FOR KEEPS, where he had more of a substance role to act. Then there's the lovely Cyd Charisse who in her early days as a feature player, prior THE BANDWAGON, gets a chance to show off those gorgeous legs in a terrific dance routine with Montalban. Xavier Cugat and his orchestra play some lovely songs.
If you want to sit back and watch Esther Williams in a swimsuit or an evening gown in a fun filled musical with no special plot, then enjoy this one.
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