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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!

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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 »

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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

This film was first telecast in New York City Saturday 9 November 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), followed by Philadelphia Friday 20 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by San Francisco 8 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7) and by Los Angeles 9 February 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11). 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 »

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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Edited from The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939) See more »

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Battle of the Balcony Jive
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Music by Dodo Marmarosa
Performed by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra
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Typical Esther Williams movie is easy on the eyes...
23 November 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

MGM could always depend on an ESTHER WILLIAMS movie to be breezy fun for movie fans who wanted escapism during the '40s in the form of light entertainment. And that's what they get here. VAN JOHNSON, a war hero she meets at a mountain resort, is her romantic interest and occasional swimming partner while her husband, CARLTON G. YOUNG, is neglecting her by performing his business duties.

And, of course, you have to have music in an Esther Williams movie. So, they have LAURITZ MELCHIOR, the chubby tenor from the Met, serving as a sort of S.Z. Sakall type providing gentle humor and suave charm in between some robust songs. Then they have TOMMY DORSEY and his Orchestra for fans of contemporary music with Buddy Rich beating on the drums.

The other standard ingredient is lush Technicolor that makes the most of some stunning scenery as well as some gorgeous shots of Esther in various swimming suits doing her thing in a pool of Olympic proportions. She also looks good on land in a series of smart outfits.

The weakness is a thin story that needs all the padding it gets. But for Esther Williams/Van Johnson fans, this had all the standard ingredients they looked for in this sort of musical.


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