Esther Williams dazzles the eye and Red Skelton tickles the funny bone in TEXAS CARNIVAL--a rootin' tootin' musical created in a grand, breezy manner.
Williams and Skelton play a down-and-out carnival sideshow team mistaken for a pair of multimillionaires at a swank Texas resort hotel. TEXAS CARNIVAL is a perfect plot for Miss Williams to showcase her exquisite figure and whip-sharp comedic side.
Skelton is a hilarious as a pseudo oil tycoon who can't roll a cigarette, walk in spurs or hold his liquor. His performance, a masterpiece of accurate exaggeration, is a wonderful reminder of why he ranks among the screen's greatest clowns.
SKIRTS AHOY centers around three women in three different situations. Esther Williams plays Whitney, a rich girl who leaves her groom at the altar. Una (Vivian Blaine), a shop girl whose desire to marry is continually thwarted by the duty assignments of her sailor boyfriend.
Mary Kate (Joan Evans), who was left at the altar by a reluctant fiance'.
Soon, all three women report for induction at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station and end up roommates. What follows is a frothy and fun musical buoyed by a chipper cast and seven tunes by Ralph Blane and Harry Warren.
Skirts Ahoy! features two swim numbers with Williams and a star turn by Debbie Reynolds and Bobby Van, who sparkle in a special song and dance routine to "Oh, By Jingo!"