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Skirts Ahoy! (1952)

Not Rated | | 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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Whitney Young
... Mary Kate Yarbrough
... Una Yancy
... Lt. Cmdr. Paul Elcott
... Dick Hallson
Billy Eckstine ... Billy Eckstein
Dean Miller ... Archie O'Conovan
... Lt. Cmdr. Stauton
The DeMarco Sisters ... The Williams Sisters
Anne DeMarco ... Williams sister (as The De Marco Sisters)
Arlene DeMarco ... Williams Sister (as The De Marco Sisters)
Gloria DeMarco ... Williams Sister (as The De Marco Sisters)
Jeanette DeMarco ... Williams Sister (as The De Marco Sisters)
Terri DeMarco ... Williams Sister (as The De Marco Sisters)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Lt. Giff
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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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Comedy | Musical

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8 August 1952 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Des jupons à l'horizon  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Esther Williams, in her autobiography ("Million Dollar Mermaid"), describes director Sidney Lanfield as a tyrant, who was particularly cruel to Vivian Blaine. See more »

Quotes

Whitney Young: You said the one thing in your life was Dick.
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Soundtracks

The Navy Waltz
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Ralph Blane
Performed by chorus, with The DeMarco Sisters
Waltzed to by Esther Williams and Emmett Lynn
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Runaway Blaine
29 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

Esther Williams is top-billed and dripping-wet as usual (an underwater ballet with two cloying kiddies is especially hard to take), but the truly frightening presence here is that of Vivian Blaine, fast on the heels of her Broadway triumph in "Guys and Dolls." She had been a likeable but unremarkable singer at 20th in the 40s, then "G&D" gave her a new persona in the character of Adelaide, the adenoidal, Brooklynese nightclub dancer. Here she's Adelaide in all but name, and her rambunctiousness makes Betty Hutton look timid. Her overemphatic line readings and hoydenishness quickly become wearing, but you don't forget her.

Esther, who sang acceptably and had a nice comic sense in addition to her aquatic gifts, is a gracious presence and has more to act than usual. Here she's a headstrong rich girl who learns humility--not exactly a fresh idea, but it's spun out gracefully by screenwriter Isobel Lennart, and given some appealing feminist filigrees. The songs are OK, second-lead Joan Evans is dull, and the nearly two-hour running time feels padded out, especially with a couple of specialty numbers thrown in. But it's a decent Technicolor time-passer, with all that postwar Hollywood patriotism that seems to be coming back in vogue.


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