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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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M-G-M's TECHNICOLOR Musical of Sun Valley Splendor! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

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

"You Won't Forget Me" (music by Fred Spielman, lyrics by Kermit Goell), sung by Lena Horne, was cut from the movie. For years, Lena's prerecording was missing until rediscovered and then issued on the 1996 Rhino DC box set, "That's Entertainment!" Joan Crawford (dubbed by India Adams) later performed the number in Torch Song (1953). See more »

Goofs

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

Crazy Credits

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

You Can't Do Wrong Doin' Right
Written by Al Rinker and Floyd Huddleston
Sung by Van Johnson and Connie Haines
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Vapid but harmless ball of fluff
27 November 2005 | by cutter-12See all my reviews

Esther Williams musicals have always made me squirm a bit, but here she's thankfully limited to just a couple of waterlogged numbers and spends most of her time romantically juggling John Lund and Van Johnson. This picture is as glossy and slight on story as they come, but it's an entertaining enough time waster and features the odd fun cameo by MGM stars assigned to the production to keep things lively, most notably Red Skelton and Eleanor Powell. Mel Torme and Amanda Blake are also visible in small roles. A few nice winter shots of Sun Valley and a couple of decent tunes but be warned - the only thing even remotely deep about this picture is the swimming pool.


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