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Skirts Ahoy! (1952)

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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Whitney Young
Joan Evans ...
Mary Kate Yarbrough
Una Yancy
Lt. Cmdr. Paul Elcott
Keefe Brasselle ...
Dick Hallson
Billy Eckstine ...
Billy Eckstein
Dean Miller ...
Archie O'Conovan
Margalo Gillmore ...
Lt. Cmdr. Stauton
The DeMarco Sisters ...
The Williams Sisters
Anne DeMarco ...
Williams sister (as The De Marco Sisters)
Arlene DeMarco ...
Williams Sister (as The De Marco Sisters)
Gene DeMarco ...
Williams Sister (as The De Marco Sisters)
Gloria DeMarco ...
Williams Sister (as The De Marco Sisters)
Terri DeMarco ...
Williams Sister (as The De Marco Sisters)
Jeff Donnell ...
CPO Giff


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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Release Date:

8 August 1952 (Netherlands)  »

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Skirts Ahoy!  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Esther Williams, in her autobiography ("Million Dollar Mermaid"), describes director Sidney Lanfield a tyrant, who was particularly cruel to Vivian Blaine. See more »


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


What Good Is a Gal? (Without a Guy?)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Ralph Blane
Performed by Joan Evans (dubbed by Joan Elms), Esther Williams and Vivian Blaine
Also performed by The DeMarco Sisters
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Esther Swims But The Plot Sinks
26 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even though I am a fan of Esther Williams, I found this film very uneven.

Skirts Ahoy! was released in 1952 when the U.S. was involved in the Korean conflict. The roles of women in society were changed significantly during WWII, which ended only about five years before. The country was adjusting quickly and creating social phenomena (the baby boom, the suburban real estate boom, and a search for equilibrium in the roles of the sexes) that would be studied for decades. Esther Williams, Vivian Blaine and Joan Evans play three Waves in training at the Great Lakes U.S. Naval Training Center. They are rather aggressive in pursuit of men--an attitude that many men would find off-putting, especially in the early 50s.

Barry Sullivan plays the navy physician that Esther Williams pursues. I found his performance drab, making it difficult to understand her fascination with him.

Vivian Blaine practically plays Miss Adelaide from Guys and Dolls here, a role she perfected on Broadway in 1950 and, later, in the film (1955).

Esther gets her moments in the pool, of course. As usual, the aqua routines are not really a part of the overall plot. And the studio managed to throw in a number of music and dance numbers that are the same way, so that Esther is an audience member during them. It's pretty remarkable that the local dinner club features Billy Eckstine. In a show on the base, we find Keenan Wynn, Debbie Reynolds, Bobby Van and a full selection of orchestra, drill teams, and choral groups.

The dance number featuring Debbie and Bobby was fun. Both are so fresh that their roles are uncredited. Singin' in the Rain was released in the same year, so who knew Debbie would be such a hit when Skirts Ahoy! came to theaters?

I particularly enjoyed the performances of the (5) DeMarco Sisters. Great harmonies, great energy.

The film has an improbable resolution, but the entire plot is merely a device to separate the swimming and musical numbers.

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