Three young ladies sign up for some kind of training at a naval base. However, their greatest trouble isn't long marches or several weeks in a small boat, but their love life.

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Whitney Young
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Una Yancy
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Lt. Cmdr. Paul Elcott
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Dick Hallson
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Three young ladies sign up for some kind of training at a naval base. However, their greatest trouble isn't long marches or several weeks in a small boat, but their love life. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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8 August 1952 (Netherlands)  »

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Des jupons à l'horizon  »

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Kathy Tongay, little girl with whom Esther Williams swims in one sequence, died shortly before her sixth birthday just a year after film was released, after suffering fatal internal injuries when her swimming coach father instructed her to make a dive from a 33-foot-high platform in Florida. (Kathy's older brother Russell "Bubba" also appears in the movie sequence; the brother/sister team performed as The Aquatots.) Following the tragic dive, their father was sentenced to 10 years on child-endangerment related charges. See more »

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WAVE Instructor: Young! Turn in your water wings!
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References The Great Caruso (1951) See more »

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What Makes a Wave?
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Ralph Blane
Performed by The DeMarco Sisters and Esther Williams
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Esther joins the Navy
23 May 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In a film that could only be described as a recruiting film for the WAVES Esther Williams the star most associated with water joins the female navy along with shipmates Vivian Blaine and Joan Evans. It was perhaps inevitable that Esther eventually would get herself a nautical film.

Williams is a rich débutante who does things on whim and impulse and she left a bridegroom at the altar and joined the WAVES. The opposite happens to young Joan Evans as Keefe Brasselle joins the navy to follow her. As for wisecracking Vivian Blaine doing her Adelaide role again she decides to join to follow her not so faithful sweetheart Dean Miller.

Harry Warren and Ralph Blane wrote a rather undistinguished score for Skirts Ahoy. The best number was the interpolated Oh By Jingo sung and danced by guest performers Debbie Reynolds and Bobby Van.

Barry Sullivan who is a fine actor definitely had no chemistry with Esther in this one. In her memoirs Esther said it was always hard to cast male co-stars opposite her as she was in the water and the males were out. Her swimming sequences as usual were well choreographed.

Skirts Ahoy is not at the top of Esther Williams films however.


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