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Skirts Ahoy! (28-May-1952)

Director: Sidney Lanfield

Writer: Isobel Lennart

Keywords: Musical, Comedy

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Vivian Blaine
21-Nov-1921 9-Dec-1995 Guys and Dolls
Keefe Brasselle
7-Feb-1923 7-Jul-1981 A Place in the Sun
Billy Eckstine
8-Jul-1914 8-Mar-1993 First African-American singing idol
Thurston Hall
10-May-1882 20-Feb-1958 Mr. Schuyler on Topper
Hayden Rorke
23-Oct-1910 19-Aug-1987 Dr. Bellows on I Dream of Jeannie
Barry Sullivan
29-Aug-1912 6-Jun-1994 The Bad and the Beautiful
Esther Williams
8-Aug-1921 6-Jun-2013 Aquatic thespian of the '40s and '50s


Review by James Manuel (posted on 15-Nov-2009)

Here is a light, fun film that is typical of early 1950s musicals from MGM. Esther Williams, Joan Evans and Vivian Blaine have all joined the WAVES for silly reasons but this is a fantasy, of course. We don't look for serious questions and answers in musicals. That's why they are so much fun. Esther gets to do some swimming, the girls do some singing as do the five De Marco sisters. The songs are nothing special but fit the film. "The Navy Waltz" performed by a female chorus, a male chorus, the De Marco Sisters and then everyone is goose-bumpy. Debbie Reynolds and Bobby Van do a guest spot number that reminds one of "Aba Daba Honeymoon" but not as good. My only fault with this was the casting of Joan Evans. She never did much for me. I will say that she was fine with Williams and Blaine in the "What Good is a Gal Without a Guy" number. I am retired and am not into "problem" films or action films or sex stuff. I want to relax and have a smile and chuckle or two with the films in my collection. Such films I can watch over and over again with the same delight. I am an Esther fan. My favorite of her films is "This Time for Keeps".

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