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Bathing Beauty (1944)

Passed | | Comedy , Musical | July 1944 (USA)
A contrived misunderstanding leads to the breakup of a songwriter and his fiancée. She returns to work as a gym teacher at an all-girls school, but a legal loophole allows the man to enroll as one of her students.

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

Kenneth Earl (story), M.M. Musselman (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Red Skelton ... Steve Elliot
Esther Williams ... Caroline Brooks
Basil Rathbone ... George Adams
Bill Goodwin ... Professor Willis Evans
Jean Porter ... Jean Allenwood
Nana Bryant ... Dean Clinton
Carlos Ramírez ... Carlos Ramirez
Ethel Smith ... Ethel Smith - Music Teacher
Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra ... Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra
Lina Romay ... Lina Romay
Harry James and His Orchestra ... Harry James and His Orchestra (as Harry James and His Music Makers)
Helen Forrest ... Helen Forrest
Donald Meek ... Chester Klazenfrantz
Jacqueline Dalya ... Maria Dorango
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Professor Hendricks
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Storyline

Songwriter Steve Elliott is about to marry Caroline Brooks. A strange woman who's been paid by Steve's agent to say she's his wife interrupts the ceremony. An angry Caroline gets her old job back teaching at a girl's college. Determined to win her back, Steve enrolls in the school to become its only male student. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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M.G.M's Mammoth Technicolor Musical Spectacle!

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

July 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Co-Ed See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,361,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the time of its release, this was MGM's third-highest grossing film, after Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) and Gone with the Wind (1939). See more »

Quotes

Cugat Orchestra: But he doesn't like pools!
Cugat Orchestra: Wait till you see what's in it!
George Adams: Don't tell me it's a woman - he'd never fall for a bathing suit.
Cugat Orchestra: Wait till you see what's in it!
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Referenced in Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Loch Lomond
(uncredited)
Traditional Scottish folk song
Sung by the Co-eds with Ethel Smith on organ
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Beautiful, refreshing, funny.
7 June 2008 | by edubarca46-1See all my reviews

Bathing Beauty is one of those films that one can see over and over again. Lavishly produced and with a wonderful and exciting music, it is a picture that must be included in every DVD collection. My first contact with this movie was one late night when I taped it from our local TV station. Then, several years later, my daughter Paloma was only 10 when she saw it for the first time. She was fascinated!! Now she is 18 and knows the music and most of the script by heart. Esther Williams is beautiful, very warm and excellent swimmer. Skelton funny as always. Although the plot is silly, it serves as a frame for a wonderful presentation of long past artists such as our Colombian Carlos Julio Ramírez who was considered one of our best baritones. Also, Xavier Cugat "Cugie", Harry James and Ethel Smith. Today we have no artists like them. So if you enjoy MGM musicals, you will enjoy this one quite a lot!!


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