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On an Island with You (1948)





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In this film, Esther Williams plays a movie star who travels to Hawaii to shoot a picture. Peter Lawford plays the film's Naval technical advisor, who falls in love with Williams. As a means of expressing his ardor, Lawford genteelly kidnaps Williams by "accidentally" marooning her on a desert island.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
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Written By: Dorothy Kingsley, Dorothy Cooper, Charles Martin, Hans Wilhelm, Hans Wilhelm
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On DVD: Jul 17, 2007
Warner Home Video

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Esther Williams
as Rosalind Reynolds
Peter Lawford
as Lt. Lawrence Y. King...
Ricardo Montalban
as Ricardo Montez
Cyd Charisse
as Yvonne Torro
Leon Ames
as Cmdr. Harrison
Kathryn Beaumont
as Penelope Peabody
Dick Simmons
as George Blaine
Richard Simmons
as George Blaine
James Dale
as Navigator
Arthur J. Walsh
as 2nd Assistant Direct...
Nina Ross
as Mrs. Peabody
Betty Reilly
as Vocalist
Kay Norton
as Martha the Hairdress...
Nolan Leary
as Cameraman
Chester Clute
as Tommy the Waiter
Carl Leviness
as Desk Clerk
Dick Winslow
as Bald Radio Operator
Jim Dale
as Navigator
Sam Tubuo
as Native Chief
Lester Dorr
as Photographer
Xavier Cugat
as Himself
Franklin Parker
as Lieutenant/Technical...
Emelia Leovalli
as Grandmother
Uluao Letuli
as Sword Dancer
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i never even heard of this one before (although i have seen clips previously) and, typical of mgm musicals, it's chock full of misspent talent, talent overflowing, a veritable pool of talent (i make myself laff!). ricardo montalban is incredible, dancing with cyd charisse and swimming with esther flawlessly, the unexpected performance of a lifetime. jimmy durante is in-your-face with making you respect vaudeville, no small feat, and respect it you do after he is done. cyd charisse...is simply timeless perfection of dance. maestro xavier cugat ain't about to be outdone by anybody, and, in such talented company, even peter lawford dutifully turns in a decent showing. all this firepower and for a trifle, a cinnamon roll! zowie! and then, of course, rising from beneath the waves, her arms outstretched, her face beaming a smile as if she were glad to see us home, all of us, sweet mother of god, beaming, is esther herself!

Kevin M. Williams

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Ok...I have to admit, I like Esther Williams. Why? Although she's no Katharine Hepburn, she actually can act and her movies are always good for lighthearted entertainment, like this one. In addition, stars Peter Lawford, Ricardo Montalban (who shares sensual water ballet scenes with Williams and equally sensual dance scenes with Cyd Charisse), Jimmy Durante, and Cyd Charisse join in for the fun, along with great music from Xavier Cugat. Who could ask for anything more?

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