Saturday, July 21, 2007

Esther Williams Pool Party

Thursday night on TCM I was overwhelmed by 5 of Esther Williams best movie .

  • Thrill Of A Romance (1945)
    A soldier returning from World War II finds love with a lady swimmer.
    Cast: Esther Williams, Van Johnson, Tommy Dorsey. Dir: Richard Thorpe. C-105 mins,
  • Easy To Wed (1946) buy now
    In this remake of Libeled Lady, a tough newspaper editor hires a gigolo to compromise a woman suing his paper for libel.
    Cast: Van Johnson, Esther Williams, Lucille Ball. Dir: Edward Buzzell. C-110 mins, TV-G
  • Neptune's Daughter (1949) buy now
    Mistaken identity complicates a polo player's romance with a bathing suit designer.
    Cast: Esther Williams, Ricardo Montalban, Red Skelton. Dir: Edward Buzzell. C-93 mins, TV-G
  • Dangerous When Wet (1953) buy now
    A family of fitness freaks sets out to swim the English Channel.
    Cast: Esther Williams, Charlotte Greenwood, Fernando Lamas. Dir: Charles Walters. C-95 mins, TV-PG
  • On An Island With You (1948) buy now
    A movie star falls for a handsome naval officer during location shooting in Hawaii.
    Cast: Esther Williams, Peter Lawford, Ricardo Montalban. Dir: Richard Thorpe. C-108 mins, TV-G
all of the movies is a part of a DVD box set TCM Spotlight - Esther Williams, Vol. 1 (Bathing Beauty / Easy to Wed / On an Island with You / Neptune's Daughter / Dangerous When Wet)

Laughs, romance, music--just add water! Get into the swim of Hollywood's Golden Era with musical number outtakes, classic shorts, cartoons, and more. Bathing Beauty: a big splash in her first starring role: Williams is a teacher at a women's college--and wacky Red Skelton enrolls to be near her. An astonishing flames-and-fountains aquatic finale. Easy to Wed: A spiffy remake of the screwball classic Libeled Lady, with Esther as the lady libeled. Van Johnson, Keenan Wynn, and Lucille Ball round out a funny four-sided love triangle. On an Island with You: Paradise for musical-comedy fans! Esther (in a series of swimsuits and sarongs) plays a film star on a tropical location shoot. With Ricardo Montalban, Cyd Charisse, and Jimmy Durante. Neptune's Daughter: The polo team's in town and so is the fun for Esther, Ricardo Montalban, Red Skelton, and Betty Garrett. Includes Frank Loesser songs and one of Esther's greatest splash-happy finales. Dangerous When Wet: Cartoon legends Tom and Jerry join Esther in the light-hearted extravaganza about a girl who swims the English Channel--and meets a dashing Frenchman (Fernando Lamas).

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