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Thrill of a Romance (1945)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 12 November 1945 (Sweden)
A swim teacher and a wealthy businessman are married after a brief courtship. A charming war hero falls in love with this newly-married woman, after her husband abandons her on their honeymoon for the sake of a business meeting.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Richard Connell (original screenplay), Gladys Lehman (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Johnson ... Maj. Thomas Milvaine
Esther Williams ... Cynthia Glenn
Frances Gifford ... Maude Bancroft
Henry Travers ... Hobart Glenn
Spring Byington ... Nona Glenn
Lauritz Melchior ... Mr. Nils Knudsen
Carleton G. Young ... Robert G. Delbar
Ethel Griffies ... Mrs. Fenway
Donald Curtis ... K.O. Karny
Jerry Scott Jerry Scott ... Lyonel
Fernando Alvarado ... Julio
Helene Stanley ... Susan
Vince Barnett ... Oscar
Billy House ... Dr. Tovve
Joan Fay Macaboy Joan Fay Macaboy ... Betty
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Storyline

Cynthia is swept off her feet and marries a rich and very successful business executive, but business affairs make him abandon her during their honeymoon. Cynthia is sad and while he's away, meets the charming war hero, Maj. Milvaine, who is on leave. Sparks fly. Will she choose wealth over love? Written by erasmus

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Musical bliss with every kiss!

Genres:

Musical | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1945 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Juego de pasiones See more »

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 marked the film debut of Metropolitan Opera star Lauritz Melchior, one of several classical artists lured to MGM by producer Joe Pasternak in the 1940s. Melchior would ultimately appear in three other MGM musicals: Two Sisters From Boston (1946), This Time For Keeps (1947) and Luxury Liner (1948). See more »

Goofs

When Cynthia and Thomas are lost in the woods she lies down to sleep and she has his jacket over one shoulder. He reaches down and pulls the jacket all the way over her. They cut to him and then back to her and the jacket is still only over one shoulder. See more »

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Featured in The Chosen (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Serenade
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Schubert
Lyrics by J. Macklyn Maskill
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More romantic than thrilling
14 December 2000 | by dexter-10See all my reviews

It is difficult to discern the main theme of this film because the script is in itself confusing. Most likely it has to do with the extraordinary number of hasty marriages which took place in America during World War Two. The problems surrounding such marriages seemed insurmountable. For example, need marriages of convenience be honored as Cynthia Glenn (Esther Williams) attempts to do when her husband goes to Washington for a week-long meeting during their Honeymoon? Tens of thousands of real life soldiers did in fact leave their new wives shortly after the ceremony, many times leaving unresolved domestic problems as well. Cynthia, a swimming instructor, falls in love with a Major Milvaine (Van Johnson) the non-swimmer, and the complication begins. The value of this film is that a Homefront problem is addressed within the frame of fairly good acting by both Johnson and Williams. Can Cynthia keep swimming with the Major without sinking her marriage?


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