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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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was initially to be titled "The Co-Ed" with Red Skelton having top billing. However, once MGM execs watched the first cut of the film, they realized that Esther Williams' role should be showcased more, and so changed the title to "Bathing Beauty", giving her top billing and featuring her bathing-suit clad figure on the posters. See more »

Quotes

Professor Hendricks: Are we keeping you awake, Mr. Elliot?
Steve Elliot: Barely.
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Referenced in Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Magic is the Moonlight(Te quiero dijiste)
(1929)
Music and Spanish lyrics by María Grever
English lyrics by Charles Pasquale
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Carlos Ramírez in Spanish with Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra
Whistled by Red Skelton
Played often in the score
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Inspiration
30 August 2004 | by alrob30See all my reviews

I was fourteen-years-old when this film was released and naturally eager to see the fabulous Esther Williams. However, I was totally mesmerized by Harry James, premier trumpeter of his day. His playing was absolutely dynamite. I had never heard anything like it. I made up my mind then and there that I wanted to do that. I went on to a successful trumpet-playing career largely due to the initial influence of the great James. In those days (Mid 1940's) everyone wanted to be a trumpet player (unlike the deluge of guitars today)mainly due to the influence of Harry James. I am impressed to this day whenever the film is shown on TV. For those of you unfamiliar with the film or of Harry James, I strongly recommend it, especially for young budding trumpet players.


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