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Bathing Beauty(1944) Fixed



Although this was not Williams' screen debut, it was her first Technicolor musical. The film was initially to be titled "Mr. Co-Ed", with Red Skelton having top billing. However, once MGM executives watched the first cut of the film, they realized that Esther Williams' role should be showcased more, and changed the title to "Bathing Beauty", giving her prominent billing and featuring her bathing-suit clad figure on the posters.[3]




Bathing Beauty(1944)



It was filmed as a vehicle for Red Skelton called Mr Co-Ed, but Williams caught the eye of MGM bosses and they quickly changed the title to Bathing Beauty, giving Williams the prominent billing and putting her on the poster in a bathing costume.


The final scene is the much-discussed water pageant. Just before it starts, Caroline learns the truth about the wedding sabotage, and forgives Steve. The water pageant is a splendid swimming extravaganza in a pool replete with fountains and flames. Caroline and a bevy of bathing beauties swim to a montage of Straus waltzes. (I wonder what happened to the songs Steve was supposed to write?) The film ends with George Adams jumping into the pool to escape Steve Elliott, who has learned that Adams ruined Steve's wedding with Caroline.


Esther Williams, who formerly appeared in "Andy Hardy" films and briefly in "A Guy Named Joe," is pulled to stardom by her swim-suit straps. Dressed in either bathing togs or street finery, she is a pretty picture indeed. The former swimming champ displays her aquatic and acting abilities in the role of a collegienne who travels the rock road of love with songwriter Red Skelton. She should prove to be an asset in future pictures, on the basis of her performance here.


The famous bathing-beauty scene from ``High Button Shoes'' (1947) escalates hilariously from Gay Nineties couples cavorting ``On a Sunday by the Sea'' to a Keystone Kops-and-robbers chase involving beachgoers and city folk, two sets of twins, a ghoulish clan of villains, and a gorilla. After this improbable crowd has charged in and out of a row of bathhouses, the pandemonium suddenly collects itself into a balletic pseudo-Gypsy dance. Robbins's first piano ballet, ``The Concert'' (1956), works itself up into exactly the same kind of headlong fantasy. 041b061a72


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