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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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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 »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Music by Georges Bizet, arranged by Ernest Guiraud
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A pleasant diversion if somewhat unexceptional
12 February 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

A film with great talent like Esther Williams, Lauritz Melchior, Jimmy Durante, Xavier Cugat and May Witty promises a lot, they're great enough individually but seeing them together in the same film is every bit as big a treat. None of the five stars disappoint, but 'This Time For Keeps' as a film could have been much more.

Getting the flaws out of the way, the script really lacks lustre in places, lacks wit and sophistication and anybody looking for sense will be short-changed. The story is flimsy nonsense and often painfully predictable with some draggy pacing in a few scenes that aren't musical numbers.

Despite singing decently, Johnnie Johnston is a charisma-free presence and fails to generate much chemistry with the rest of the cast. Richard Thorpe's direction is competent but undistinguished.

Conversely, 'This Time For Keeps' is lavishly mounted and shot in glorious Technicolor. The songs are pleasant, while the operatic/classical music segments provided by Melchior (which include the likes of "La Donna E Mobile", "M' Apari" and even a bit of Otello) are even better. They benefit from being energetically staged.

Most of the cast work very well. Williams radiates with charm and her swimming talent is second to none. Durante is very funny and seems to be having a ball. Melchior sings with his usual thrilling ring, sounding absolutely wonderful, and is cuddly and amusing. Cugat sends up a storm and Witty is just delightful.

Overall, a pleasant diversion but unexceptional, with the cast being the biggest merit. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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