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This Time for Keeps (1947)

Expected to follow his opera star father into the business, but discontent with his life; a young man pursues a career in popular music and romances the aquatic-ballet dancer he met during his time in the service.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Gladys Lehman (screenplay), Erwin S. Gelsey (story) (as Erwin Gelsey) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Esther Williams ... Leonora 'Nora' Cambaretti
Jimmy Durante ... Ferdi Farro
Lauritz Melchior ... Richard Herald
Johnny Johnston ... Dick Johnson (as Johnnie Johnston)
Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra ... Cugat Orchestra
May Whitty ... Grandmother Cambaretti (as Dame May Whitty)
Sharon McManus Sharon McManus ... Deborah Cambaretti
Dick Simmons ... Gordon
Mary Stuart ... Frances Allenbury
Ludwig Stössel ... Peter
Dorothy Porter Dorothy Porter ... Merle
Tommy Wonder Tommy Wonder ... Tommy Wonder
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Xavier Cugat ... Orchestra Leader
Betty L. Hansen Betty L. Hansen ... Swimmer
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Storyline

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 Ray Hamel

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M-G-M's Mammoth TECHNICOLOR Musical! See more »

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Musical | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bezaubernde Lippen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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A Little Bit This and a Little Bit That
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Written and Performed by Jimmy Durante
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Enjoyable entertainment
25 May 2006 | by ngc137See all my reviews

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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