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Skirts Ahoy! (1952)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 8 August 1952 (Netherlands)
Three young ladies sign up for some kind of training at a naval base. However, their greatest trouble isn't long marches or several weeks in a small boat, but their love life.


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Isobel Lennart


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Complete credited cast:
Esther Williams ... Whitney Young
Joan Evans ... Mary Kate Yarbrough
Vivian Blaine ... Una Yancy
Barry Sullivan ... Lt. Cmdr. Paul Elcott
Keefe Brasselle ... Dick Hallson
Billy Eckstine Billy Eckstine ... Billy Eckstein
Dean Miller ... Archie O'Conovan
Margalo Gillmore ... Lt. Cmdr. Stauton
The DeMarco Sisters The DeMarco Sisters ... The Williams Sisters
Anne DeMarco Anne DeMarco ... Williams sister (as The De Marco Sisters)
Arlene DeMarco Arlene DeMarco ... Williams Sister (as The De Marco Sisters)
Gloria DeMarco Gloria DeMarco ... Williams Sister (as The De Marco Sisters)
Jeanette DeMarco Jeanette DeMarco ... Williams Sister (as The De Marco Sisters)
Terri DeMarco Terri DeMarco ... Williams Sister (as The De Marco Sisters)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeff Donnell ... Lt. Giff


Three young ladies sign up for some kind of training at a naval base. However, their greatest trouble isn't long marches or several weeks in a small boat, but their love life. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Release Date:

8 August 1952 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Des jupons à l'horizon See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In her autobiography ("Million Dollar Mermaid") Esther Williams asserts that she designed the swimsuits in the film (with the help of Cole of California), after seeing the Navy's swimsuits for women. Esther describes the old ones as "cotton sleeveless T-shirts" that were not at all good for swimming. She spoke to the director of the Navy, who then made the swimsuit the new official swimsuit of the US Navy. She also worked with the writer to add more swimming sequences. See more »


Whitney Young: You said the one thing in your life was Dick.
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Anchors Aweigh
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Played for the graduation march, and in the background in other parts of the film
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Esther joins the Navy
23 May 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In a film that could only be described as a recruiting film for the WAVES Esther Williams the star most associated with water joins the female navy along with shipmates Vivian Blaine and Joan Evans. It was perhaps inevitable that Esther eventually would get herself a nautical film.

Williams is a rich débutante who does things on whim and impulse and she left a bridegroom at the altar and joined the WAVES. The opposite happens to young Joan Evans as Keefe Brasselle joins the navy to follow her. As for wisecracking Vivian Blaine doing her Adelaide role again she decides to join to follow her not so faithful sweetheart Dean Miller.

Harry Warren and Ralph Blane wrote a rather undistinguished score for Skirts Ahoy. The best number was the interpolated Oh By Jingo sung and danced by guest performers Debbie Reynolds and Bobby Van.

Barry Sullivan who is a fine actor definitely had no chemistry with Esther in this one. In her memoirs Esther said it was always hard to cast male co-stars opposite her as she was in the water and the males were out. Her swimming sequences as usual were well choreographed.

Skirts Ahoy is not at the top of Esther Williams films however.

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