On an Island with You (1948)
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as Rosalind Reynolds
as Lt. Lawrence Y. King...
as Ricardo Montez
as Yvonne Torro
as Cmdr. Harrison
as Penelope Peabody
as George Blaine
as George Blaine
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as Mrs. Peabody
as Martha the Hairdress...
as Tommy the Waiter
as Desk Clerk
as Bald Radio Operator
as Native Chief
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!
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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