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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 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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Eleanor Powell's last film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

Of All Things
Written by Al Rinker and Floyd Huddleston
Sung by Connie Haines
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"Mother always said if you're going to catch a man you may have to catch cold, too."
1 May 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Esther Williams tries to help her friend Paula Raymond land himbo John Lund. Why, I couldn't begin to tell you. Back in those days guys like this were considered dreamy I guess. Anyway, not surprisingly, Lund gets one look at Esther and goes gaga. Can't blame him there. Bandleader Van Johnson is also in love with Esther. So we have a good old-fashioned triangle...or rather, quadrangle.

The movie begins with Esther in a swimsuit doing an aquatic number, looking as lovely as ever. She is radiant throughout the picture, a goddess of technicolor. Paula Raymond is pretty and likable. The idea she would have to struggle to get any man is just something you'll have to suspend disbelief over. Notable for being Eleanor Powell's last film. She returned after being absent from the screen for six years (and becoming Mrs. Glenn Ford) to do this cameo where she gets to tap dance, which is always a treat. Red Skelton also has a cameo and Lena Horne sings a song. Also some songs by adorable Connie Haines. It's a light, fun movie. Not much swimming stuff despite Esther Williams being the star but it's a good one anyway.


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