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TCM Spotlight—Esther Williams, Vol. 2: Thrill of a Romance; Fiesta; This Time for Keeps; Pagan Love Song; Million Dollar Mermaid; Easy to Love

Esther Williams, Ricardo Montalban, Jimmy Durante, Howard Keel, Van Johnson & others.
Studio Warner Bros.
Format 6 cutout DVDs, boxed Full screen
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Region 1: North America  (What is DVD encoding?)
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Not Rated
UPC 883929062829
Runtime/Release Date 9 hrs 54 mins/2009
Daedalus Item Code 48397
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Esther Williams portrays real-life Australian swimming champ Annette Kellerman in Million Dollar Mermaid (1952); with a Busby Berkeley–choreographed water ballet sequence, it's Williams's signature film. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy and co-starring Victor Mature, Mermaid was nominated for an Oscar for Best Color Cinematography (All six of the films in this set are Technicolor marvels). Williams teamed with Van Johnson in Thrill of a Romance (1945), with assists from Tommy Dorsey and Wagnerian tenor Lauritz Melchior. Williams and Johnson again star in Easy to Love (1953), which serves up more Busby Berkeley aquatic extravaganzas and a Cole Porter title tune. The musical This Time for Keeps (1947) centers on her romance with an ex-GI (Johnnie Johnston); settings include Michigan's Mackinac Island, with supporting stars Melchior and Xavier Cugat doing specialty numbers. In 1947's Fiesta, Maria (Williams) disguises herself as her twin brother Mario, a bullfighter (Ricardo Montalban; Cyd Charisse plays Mario's partner). Fiesta's Oscar-nominated score adapts Aaron Copland's El Salón México. Half-Tahitian beauty Mimi Bennett (Williams) is eager to leave island life for the excitement of the U.S. in Pagan Love Song (1950). But when Ohioan Hazard Endicott (Howard Keel) arrives to manage a coconut plantation, her travel plans are kaput. Bonus features on each disc include cartoons, shorts, trailers, and outtakes.
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