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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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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

This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Friday 25 January 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) , followed by Seattle 9 March 1957 on KING (Channel 5), by Norfolk VA 13 March 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), by Chicago 30 April 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Philadelphia 23 June 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by New Haven CT 30 June 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), by Hartford CT 5 July 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), and by Altoona PA 6 July 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10); in New York City it first aired 2 January 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in San Francisco 9 May 1959 on KGO (Channel 7) . At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. See more »

Quotes

Professor Hendricks: Are we keeping you awake, Mr. Elliot?
Steve Elliot: Barely.
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The Thrill of a New Romance
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Music by Xavier Cugat
Instrumental played by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra at the start of and during the water ballet sequence
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A Great PWP (Plot, What Plot?) Wartime Morale Movie
4 January 2005 | by everlybrSee all my reviews

The lack of plot is part of what is fun.

Released during the middle of WWII, it is a rather obvious excuse to show beautiful women in bathing suits and have lots of really good musical numbers.

There are several wonderful location shots, even though most of it was filmed on a sound stage. One of the locations look likes it was filmed in Palm Springs.

Red Skelton is adorable if a bit typecast. Ester Williams is stunningly beautiful and graceful.

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable, if silly, movie. A great movie for family viewing especially with younger children.


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