TCM Spotlight: Esther Williams, Vol. 2
First, "Thrill Of A Romance" (1945) stars Esther Williams as a swimming newlywed who does a backstroke over Army Air Corps hero Van Johnson--complicating her new nuptials. With Henry Travers, Lauritz Melchior. Next, "Fiesta" (1947) has Williams posing as her matador brother in order to save her family's name. Ricardo Montalban, Cyd Charisse co-star. "This Time for Keeps" (1947) features Esther as a bathing-suited performer who catches the eye of an opera singer's son. Melchior, Jimmy Durante, Johnnie Johnston co-star. In "Pagan Love Song" (1950), Howard Keel shines as a teacher in Tahiti who falls for Williams--mistakenly believing that she is an island native. Rita Moreno co-stars. Then, "Million Dollar Mermaid" (1952) is an enjoyable biopic of 1890s swimming great Annette Kellerman, with Williams, Victor Mature, Walter Pidgeon. AKA: "The One Piece Bathing Suit." Lastly, "Easy To Love" (1953) focuses on secretary Esther's attempts to make boss Van Johnson notice her. With Tony Martin, John Bromfield. 10 hrs. total on six discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH); bonus shorts; bonus cartoons; outtakes.
Academy Award ®
Nominee: Best Cinematography (Color), Best Score (Musical)
- Robert Alton, Mervyn LeRoy, Richard Thorpe, Charles Walters
- Closed Captioned:
- Cast: Van Johnson, Esther Williams, Akim Tamiroff, Howard Keel, Jimmy Durante, Victor Mature, Lauritz Melchior, Ricardo Montalban, Tony Martin, Minna Gombell, Walter Pidgeon, Frances Gifford, Henry Travers, Johnnie Johnston, Charles Mauu, David Brian, John Bromfield, John Carroll, Rita Moreno, Xavier Cugat, Donna Corcoran, Spring Byington, Mary Astor, Edna Skinner, King Donovan... More