Skirts Ahoy! (1952)

Skirts Ahoy! (1952)





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Esther Williams generously shares screen time with Joan Evans and Vivian Blaine in Skirts Ahoy! The three leading ladies play WAVE officers who experience a daunting series of romantic misadventures. Whitney Young (Williams) had joined the WAVES after leaving her fiancé at the altar. Conversely Mary Kate Yarbrough (Evans) was jilted on her wedding day by her intended, while Una Yancy (Blaine) has donned a uniform in hopes of finding a husband. Much of the humor is of the gender-switch variety, with the three lady sailors ogling and whistling at every eligible male who crosses their path. Inevitably, Williams sheds her navy duds in favor of a swimsuit, while Blaine performs a comic torch song in the manner of her "Miss Adelaide" characterization in Guys and Dolls. Poor Joan Evans isn't given a musical number, but she does get her man (Keefe Brasselle) at the end. Guest performers include the singing DeMarco Sisters and youthful aquatic champs Russell and Kathy Tongay.
Rating: NR
Genre: Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By: Sidney Lanfield
Written By: Isobel Lennart
In Theaters: wide


Esther Williams
as Whitney Young
Vivian Blaine
as Una Yancy
Joan Evans
as Mary Kate Yarbrough
Barry Sullivan
as Lt. Cmdr. Paul Elcott
Keefe Brasselle
as Dick Hallson
Dean Miller
as Archie O'Conovan
Margalo Gillmore
as Lt. Cmdr. Stauton
Jeff Donnell
as Lt. Giff
Thurston Hall
as Thatcher Kinston
Kathy Tongay
as Little Girl
Roy Roberts
as Capt. Graymont
Emmett Lynn
as Plumber
Bobby Van
as Himself
DeMarco Sisters
as The Williams Sisters
Paul Harvey
as Old naval officer
Ruth Lee
as Mrs. Yarbrough
Whit Bissell
as Mr. Yarbrough
Rudy Lee
as Randy
Madge Blake
as Mrs. Vance
Mae Clarke
as Miss LaValle
Byron Foulger
as Tearoom manager
Juanita Moore
as Black Drill Team
Millie Bruce
as Black Drill Team
Suzette Harbin
as Black drill team
Robert Board
as Young Sailor
Mary Foran
as Fat Girl
William Haade
as Bosun's mate
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Minor musical that even though its set in the service still manages to get Esther in the water at regular intervals. Debbie Reynolds and Bobby Van pop up for a manic guest number that comes out of nowhere.

jay nixon
jay nixon

I don't really know why I like this movie as much as I do. But then, I like most wartime movies from WW2.

Ruth L
Ruth L

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