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Luxury Liner (1948)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 11 April 1949 (Sweden)
A young girl stows away aboard a luxury liner which is full of musical stars--and which her father just happens to be the captain.

Director:

Richard Whorf

Writers:

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

Credited cast:
George Brent ... Captain Jeremy Bradford
Jane Powell ... Polly Bradford
Lauritz Melchior ... Olaf Eriksen
Frances Gifford ... Laura Dene
Marina Koshetz ... Zita Romanka
Xavier Cugat ... Xavier Cugat
Thomas E. Breen Thomas E. Breen ... Denis Mulvy
Richard Derr ... Charles G.K. Worton
John Ridgely ... Chief Officer Carver (as John Ridgeley)
The Pied Pipers The Pied Pipers ... Themselves
Connie Gilchrist ... Bertha
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
C. Aubrey Smith ... Edward Thorndike
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Storyline

What do you do when you are an effervescent teen called Polly and you have a dad who is the skipper of a luxury liner? You ask him to take you on a cruise to Rio of course. What if Captain Bradford refuses and wants you to stay in your boring boarding-school? You stow away, it goes without saying. What if you want to become a singer? Well, you try to convince an operatic star on board of your singing skills. What if Daddy objects to realizing that her daughter's new friend Laura has a crush on him? Just play Cupid for him.Don't you worry, all will end well! Written by Guy Bellinger

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daughter | stowaway | ship | See All (3) »

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All aboard for tropic nights of romance and revelry! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1949 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Adorable coqueta See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, the Danish tenor Lauritz Melchior was generally considered the world's preeminent performer of Wagner's big heldentenor (heroic tenor) roles, such as Siegmund, Siegfried, Lohengrin, Walther von Stolzing, Tristan, Tannhauser, and Parsifal. Numerous recordings of him singing these roles are available. See more »

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Before Polly Bradford (Jane Powell) sings the Peanut Vendor song, the maraca player in the band's front row stands up twice and adjusts his costume both times. See more »

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Featured in Private Screenings: Jane Powell (1996) See more »

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Spring came back to Vienna
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Written by Janice Torre, Fred Spielman and Fritz Rotter
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Sail Away with Jane Powell!
16 June 2011 | by JLRMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

Jane Powell is a stowaway, when her father, captain George Brent, told her to "stay in school, young lady, and study your spelling." But she was determined to be with her daddy, because she misses him so. Her mother died when Jane was little and daddy's always at work on another cruise. When caught and confronted by her father on board, they dramatically disown each other. At least, she does. From thereon, she referred to him only as "the captain" and then later on as her "ex-daddy." On board, the luxury liner is Lauritz Melchior, who has a great voice and of whom Jane has dreams of singing with. She herself has one heck of a classical voice, what is called a coloratura soprano. I know it's hard to imagine it, but not only does her voice rival that of Deanna Durbin, Kathryn Grayson, Irene Dunne, and Jeannette MacDonald, but in some ways it is richer and has more range, instead of just caressing around high notes. The plot revolves her causing chaos when put to work and paying her fare and her trying to meet and audition for Lauritz Melchior, and then there's a subplot of Frances Gifford running away from a fiancée, but she, of course, takes an instant liking to George and vice versa. The movie itself may be rather inconsequential and/or predictable, but the musical numbers are simply outstanding and worth the price of admission themselves. The main criticism of the movie is that the conflicts are wrapped up so quickly, it makes one feel like, what was the problem - they couldn't solve their problems until the end of the movie? Although it tends to leave with a silly feel and pat ending to it, when the characters make a complete 180', I think you'll like this for what it is, an MGM answer to the love boat with grand singing by Jane Powell and Lauritz Melchior. Just float your troubles away!


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