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Bathing Beauty (1944)

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In this musical, Red Skelton plays a lovesick songwriter who enrolls in a girls' school. Skelton wants to be near his new wife, Esther Williams, who ditched him shortly after the wedding and was hired on as the college's swim teacher.

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Cast

Red Skelton
as Steve Elliot
Esther Williams
as Caroline Brooks
Basil Rathbone
as George Adams
Bill Goodwin
as Willis Evans
Ethel Smith
as Organist
Jean Porter
as Jean Allenwood
Donald Meek
as Chester Klazenfrantz
Nana Bryant
as Dean Clinton
Ann Codee
as Mme. Zarka
Francis Pierlot
as Professor Hendricks
Margaret Dumont
as Mrs. Allenwood
Jacqueline Dalya
as Maria Dorango
Lina Romay
as Herself
Xavier Cugat
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Bathing Beauty

All Critics (1) | Top Critics (1)

Director George Sidney has all the oomph and vulgarity required, but he can't do anything about Red Skelton, who takes up way too much time and space.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bathing Beauty

½

i know what you're thinking:"looks like a big, fat, and old (released in 1944!) marshmellow!" and you wouldn't be far wrong, but this still manages to be one tasty 64 year old campfire treat. first off, the plot: (and who really cares?) silly campus hijinks ensue when a guy joins a womens college to win back his wandering wife. the focus here though is equally on both the music and the comedy. the music: harry james, xavier cugat and a slew of old school composers fill out an agenda that veers incredibly from boogie woogie to samba to classical. and look particularly for a scene featuring red skelton in a ballerina class for comedy. the audience i saw this old school everything-but-the-kitchen-sink effort with was laughing throughout, like the work was made yesterday, and the old skeptical cynic in me turned to mush during the picture closing esther-in-a-swimsuit choreographed free-for-all. all this and more big names than your palm tree's got coconuts! me likey bigtime!

Kevin M. Williams
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