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Duchess of Idaho (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 14 July 1950 (USA)
Ellen Hallet is in love with her playboy boss, Douglas Morrison, but is too timid to do anything about it. To help her, her roommate Chris decides to step in and devises a plan. Chris ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Dorothy Cooper (original screenplay), Jerry Davis (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Esther Williams ... Christine Riverton Duncan
Van Johnson ... Dick Layn
John Lund ... Douglas J. Morrison Jr.
Paula Raymond ... Ellen Hallet
Clinton Sundberg ... Matson
Connie Haines ... Peggy Elliot
Mel Tormé ... Cyril
Amanda Blake ... Linda Kinston
Tommy Farrell ... Chuck
Sig Arno ... Monsieur Le Blanche
Dick Simmons ... Alec I. Collins
Lena Horne ... Lena Horne
Eleanor Powell ... Eleanor Powell
The Jubalaires ... Train Porters
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Storyline

Ellen Hallet is in love with her playboy boss, Douglas Morrison, but is too timid to do anything about it. To help her, her roommate Chris decides to step in and devises a plan. Chris follows Morrison on his trip to Sun Valley, Idaho and plays the over-attentive female in hopes that he will send for Ellen who often plays his "fiancée" when he has a female he can't discourage otherwise. Complications arise when Chris catches the eye of band leader Dick Layn and finds herself caught in a triangle between the two men.

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Marvellous! is the word for M-G-M's Duchess of Idaho See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Venus verliebt sich See more »

Filming Locations:

Sun Valley, Idaho, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Already a standard, Cole Porter's "You Do Something to Me," sung by Lena Horne, was dropped from the film. See more »

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When Christine first spots Ellen dancing with the robe, the boom mic is barely visible. See more »

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In the opening credits, each actor's name is sung as part of the opening song. See more »

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Featured in American Masters: Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice (1996) See more »

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Of All Things
Written by Al Rinker and Floyd Huddleston
Sung by Connie Haines
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Better than usual Esther Williams in plush Sun Valley surroundings...
21 September 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

"You always have to have a plot. There's never an easy way of doing things." So says JOHN LUND in this typical ESTHER WILLIAMS movie based on the familiar mix-ups involved when nobody tells the truth.

The mix-ups begin when Esther offers to help secretary PAULR RAYMOND catch a rich playboy (Lund), suggesting a trip to romantic surroundings in Sun Valley, Idaho would help. Esther, in the meantime, is pursued by VAN JOHNSON, a bandleader at the resort, who soon melts her heart. In the interim, there are guest appearances by RED SKELTON (at a potato square-dance contest that is deftly done) and ELEANOR POWELL, who does a guest spot in the usual MGM manner of at first coyly refusing to dance when requested. Then she rips into an impromptu routine that had to be rehearsed for at least three weeks. So much for reality.

It's a strictly fun, escapist musical, which is all it pretends to be. ESTHER WILLIAMS and PAUL RAYMOND look gorgeous in their various Technicolor outfits and Esther gets to do a couple of swimming numbers in her usual charming manner. JOHN LUND and VAN JOHNSON do nicely in the romantic comedy department as the love interest for the gals.

If you like Esther, this one is for you.


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