The ravishing bathing beauty who pioneered a new genre of moviemaking Aqua Musicals will splash once more in Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies, TCM Spotlight: Esther Williams Volume 2 on October 6. This highly anticipated follow-up to the 2007 TCM Collection includes the DVD debuts of six Technicolor films from classic Hollywood's swimming superstar Million Dollar Mermaid, Thrill of a Romance, Easy to Love, This Time for Keeps, Fiesta and Pagan Love Song. Each of these MGM musical favorites have been newly remastered especially for this DVD release. Also included are a boat-load of special features, including rarely-seen deleted musical outtakes, vintage shorts and classic cartoons.
A World War II pilot is aided in love and war by the spirit of a dead comrade. Nice screenplay by Dalton Trumbo!
Gene Kelly as turn-of-the-century shortstop Eddie O'Brien, his performance as ever up to the standard of a professional athlete, music by Jean Schwartz, lyric by William Jerome, in Take Me Out To The Ball Game, 1949, from MGM's Freed unit.
About as tight as the narrative gets, William Powell is introduced as the deceased Florenz Ziegfeld, upstairs, remembering his own beginnings with the aid of Lou Bunin's puppets, in the MGM musical comedy variety showcase Ziegfeld Follies, 1946.
Second part of the first big production number, Vincente Minnelli directing and indications that producer Arthur Freed gave his creatives (Helen Rose costumes, design by Cedric Gibbons et al) a pretty free hand, Lucille Ball silent but, what would she say? In Ziegfeld Follies, 1946.
William Powell as the late Florenz Ziegfeld, imagining the show he would stage, throwing to pal Fred Astaire, into 'Here's To The Girls' by Roger Edens and producer Arthur Freed, mostly featuring ballet and the thin, young Cyd Charisse, in MGM's Ziegfeld Follies, 1946.
An Arkansas farm girl preparing to swim the English Channel falls in love with a French champagne salesman.
Musical splash stars Golden Globe-winner Esther Williams ("Million Dollar Mermaid") as a spritely member of a fitness-obsessed family who sets out to swim the English Channel and finds romance along the way. Co-starring Fernando Lamas ("The Merry Widow"), Jack Carson ("Cat on a Hot Tin Roof") and Oscar-nominee William Demarest ("The Lady Eve"). Featuring an underwater sequence with the animated Tom and Jerry.
Musical splash stars Esther Williams as a spritely member of a fitness-obsessed family who sets out to swim the English Channel and finds romance along the way. Co-starring Fernando Lamas, Jack Carson and William Demarest. Featuring an underwater sequence with the animated Tom and Jerry.
Three women, three different situations: Whitney (Williams), a rich girl who leaves her groom at the altar; Una (Vivian Blaine), a shopgirl whose desire to marry is continually thwarted by the duty assignments of her sailor boyfriend; Mary Kate (Joan Evans), who was left at the altar by a hesitant fiancé. Soon, all three women report for induction at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station and end up roommates. What follows is a frothy and fun musical buoyed by a chipper cast and seven tunes by Ralph Blane and Harry Warren. Skirts Ahoy! features two swim numbers with Williams and a star turn by Debbie Reynolds and Bobby Van, who sparkle in a special song-and-dance routine to "Oh By Jingo!" Ahoy, indeed!
Three women in three different situations report for induction at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station and end up roommates. What follows is a frothy and fun musical.
Esther Williams dazzles the eye and Red Skelton tickles the funny bone in Texas Carnival, a rootin' tootin' musical "done in such a grand, breezy manner that even Texans are apt to give it a hearty backslap of approval" (Los Angeles Examiner). The two play a down-and-out carnival sideshow team mistaken for a pair of multimillionaires at a swank Texas resort hotel – a perfect plot for Miss Williams to display both her fine sense of comedy and gorgeous, bathing-suit-clad figure. Skelton is hilarious as a pseudo oil tycoon who can't roll a cigarette, walk in spurs or hold his liquor. His performance, a masterpiece of accurate exaggeration, is a wonderful reminder of why he ranks among the screen's greatest clowns.
Esther Williams dazzles the eye and Red Skelton tickles the funny bone while playing a down-and-out carnival sideshow team mistaken for a pair of multimillionaires at a Texas resort.
An American tourist romances a Tahitian beauty. Musical fun stars Howard Keel ("Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"), Rita Moreno ("West Side Story") and Esther Williams ("Million Dollar Mermaid").
Mistaken identity complicates a polo player's romance with a bathing suit designer.
Donna's old school mate, who has been a single career woman all these years, is now engaged to a doctor. She visits Donna to see what life is really like for a doctor's wife.
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