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Duchess of Idaho (1950)

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Ellen Hallit is in love with her playboy boss, Douglas Morrison, but is too timid to do anything about it. To help her, her roommate Chris decides to step in, and devises a plan. Chris ... See full summary »

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Christine Riverton Duncan
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Dick Layne
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Douglas J. Morrison Jr.
Paula Raymond ...
Ellen Hallit
Clinton Sundberg ...
Matson
Connie Haines ...
Peggy Elliot
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Cyril, the Bellhop
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Linda Kinston
Tommy Farrell ...
Chuck
Sig Arno ...
M. Le Blanche
Dick Simmons ...
Alec J. Collins
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Ellen Hallit is in love with her playboy boss, Douglas Morrison, but is too timid to do anything about it. To help her, her roommate Chris decides to step in, and devises a plan. Chris follows Morrison on his trip to Sun Valley, Idaho and plays the overattentive female, hoping that he will send for Ellen (who often played his "fiancée" when he had a female he couldn't discourage otherwise.) Complications arise when Chris catches the eye of band leader Dick Layne, and finds herself caught in a triangle between the two men. Written by Anonymous

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14 July 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Venus verliebt sich  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 7, 1952 with Van Johnson and Esther Williams reprising their film roles. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, each actor's name is sung as part of the opening song. See more »

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Featured in American Masters: Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice (1996) See more »

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You Can't Do Wrong Doin' Right
Written by Al Rinker and Floyd Huddleston
Sung by Van Johnson and Connie Haines
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With even more irrational dances than usual!
3 May 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Whenever I watch an Esther Williams movie, I marvel at the strange and contrived ways they wove her swimming into films--films which have no reason to include swimming (such as this one, which mostly takes place at a snow resort). What I really like is when they put on HUGE stage productions--and these include underwater sequences that the audience could never possibly see (such as in this one, as the film opens). But my favorite in this movie is actually not by Ms. Williams but by Eleanor Powell. Van Johnson plays a band leader and he asks a guest, Ms. Powell (who plays herself) to a little impromptu dance for the other guests. She at first refuses and must be coaxed. Fine--that's understandable. However, she then begins dancing and her dress breaks away to reveal a sequined tap outfit AND suddenly her shoes become tap shoes!!! This ain't exactly spontaneous!!

John Lund plays Douglas Morrison, a rich playboy. His secretary, Ellen (Paula Raymond), is in love with him but he never seems to notice her. So, her roommate, Christine (Williams) comes up with a plan you'd only see in films--she'll vamp Morrison in order to help Ellen get him! Huh?! However, Christine is worried because she likes Dick (Van Johnson) and her dating Morrison gets in the way.

Overall, aside from cameos from Powell and Red Skelton, this is a pretty ordinary Esther Williams film. Not bad and very glossy but easy to skip, as it's so similar to most of Williams' films. I enjoy them but there is a definite sameness to them.


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