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This Time for Keeps (1947)

Expected to follow his opera star father into the business, but discontent with his life; a young man pursues a career in popular music and romances the aquatic-ballet dancer he met during his time in the service.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Gladys Lehman (screenplay), Erwin S. Gelsey (story) (as Erwin Gelsey) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Esther Williams ... Leonora 'Nora' Cambaretti
Jimmy Durante ... Ferdi Farro
Lauritz Melchior ... Richard Herald
Johnny Johnston ... Dick Johnson (as Johnnie Johnston)
Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra ... Cugat Orchestra
May Whitty ... Grandmother Cambaretti (as Dame May Whitty)
Sharon McManus Sharon McManus ... Deborah Cambaretti
Dick Simmons ... Gordon
Mary Stuart ... Frances Allenbury
Ludwig Stössel ... Peter
Dorothy Porter Dorothy Porter ... Merle
Tommy Wonder Tommy Wonder ... Tommy Wonder
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Xavier Cugat ... Orchestra Leader
Betty L. Hansen Betty L. Hansen ... Swimmer
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Storyline

A singing soldier (Johnny Johnston) newly returned home finds himself discontent to work in his father's opera company or pick up where he left off with his girlfriend. Having met an aquacade showgirl (Esther Williams) while in the service, he reintroduces himself. Romance blossoms. Written by Ray Hamel

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M-G-M's Mammoth TECHNICOLOR Musical! See more »

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Musical | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bezaubernde Lippen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Anne Francis' film debut. See more »

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The Ballad of Dick Johnson
24 June 2017 | by utgard14See all my reviews

It's the timeless story of Dick Johnson, a young man returning home from war who doesn't want to sing opera like his dad or marry his social-climbing fiancée. Instead he wants to sing in a nightclub and romance a beautiful swimmer. We've seen it all before.

A tired musical comedy that's more of a showcase for Jimmie Johnston than Esther Williams. Technicolor goddess Esther does get in the water a few times but there are no lavish swimming numbers here. Jimmie Johnston is as bland and vanilla as they come. In some scenes he looks less like an actor and more like a tourist who just wandered onto set and seems awestruck by the lights and cameras. Not surprising this is the biggest role of his career. Jimmy Durante provides the film's laughs. Child actress Sharon McManus steals every one of her scenes. The music is fine. "S'No Wonder They Fell in Love" is the best number. It's worth a look for Esther completists or anyone who might giggle every time they hear Dick Johnson.


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