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A singing soldier (Johnny Johnston) newly returned home finds himself discontent to work in his father's opera company or pick up where he left off with his girlfriend. Having met an aquacade showgirl (Esther Williams) while in the service, he reintroduces himself. Romance blossoms.Written by
This was the only film in which Johnny Johnston appeared during his brief tenure at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Apparently, he became romantically involved with Kathryn Grayson during the filming of their duet in Till the Clouds Roll By (1946), despite the fact that Grayson was the object of an MGM executive's affections (in his memoir, Mickey Rooney cited that this executive was instrumental in Grayson's rise at the studio). When Grayson announced their engagement, the executive took out his hostility on Johnston, first by axing all of his footage from Till The Clouds Roll By (1946) and then releasing him from his contract once filming was completed on This Time For Keeps (1947). Johnston headed to New York, where he found brief success starring in the Broadway musical "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn" (1951). See more »
The movie tells a simple, light-hearted love story between Leonora Cambaretti (Esther Williams), the leading swimmer in a water ballet show, and Ferdi Farro (Jimmy Durante), a singer who just returned from World War II. The plot is rather straight, without serious complications, harmless, sometimes naive, insubstantial. But within its limited scope it is well done and enjoyable.
As this is a musical movie, there is singing, dancing, and -- most remarkable -- the water ballet. The different numbers include some charming scenes. But you cannot compare the dancing with the wonderful performances that are known, for example, from Fred Astaire movies. Also the singing numbers do not reach the quality that is present, for instance, in "My Dream Is Yours" (with Doris Day as a singer), a movie that was produced at about the same time with a similar, though slightly more ambitious entertainment scope.
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