TCM Spotlight: Esther Williams, Volume One (Bathing Beauty / Easy to Wed / On an Island with You / Neptune's Daughter / Dangerous When Wet)
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Laughs, romance, music--just add water! Get into the swim of Hollywood's Golden Era with musical number outtakes, classic shorts, cartoons, and more. Bathing Beauty: a big splash in her first starring role: Williams is a teacher at a women's college--and wacky Red Skelton enrolls to be near her. An astonishing flames-and-fountains aquatic finale. Easy to Wed: A spiffy remake of the screwball classic Libeled Lady, with Esther as the lady libeled. Van Johnson, Keenan Wynn, and Lucille Ball round out a funny four-sided love triangle. On an Island with You: Paradise for musical-comedy fans! Esther (in a series of swimsuits and sarongs) plays a film star on a tropical location shoot. With Ricardo Montalban, Cyd Charisse, and Jimmy Durante. Neptune's Daughter: The polo team's in town and so is the fun for Esther, Ricardo Montalban, Red Skelton, and Betty Garrett. Includes Frank Loesser songs and one of Esther's greatest splash-happy finales. Dangerous When Wet: Cartoon legends Tom and Jerry join Esther in the light-hearted extravaganza about a girl who swims the English Channel--and meets a dashing Frenchman (Fernando Lamas).
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Sequences not to be missed include Red Skelton in some of the best side-splitting hilarity witnessed on screen, and Ethel Waters demonstrating what you can do with a Hammond Organ if you have ten fingers on each hand (seemingly). Running throughout most of these five films are wonderful Latin rhythms and melodies provided by Xavier Cougat and his fantastic orchestra, with wildly athletic dancing from Cyd Charise, Ricardo Mantalbon, and others. There is some swimming, too, but not enough. What there is of it is grand and beautiful, as only MGM did well and often during those years. This is the best possible documentation of the birth of Synchronized Swimming!
Did I mention the color? Well, this cannot be overlooked because the digital transfers are excellent, for the most part, and while Technicolor prints are not always accurate and steady, the colors are truly a feast for the eyes compared with modern films. I do not recommend using the latest DLP technology to view Technicolor films because the rich, saturated colors are not as deep as will be seen on (old-fashioned) LCD projectors and monitors. These films are bright and well balanced and even a well-worn LCD unit will give the intended heart-melting dazzle better than a glaring DLP projector. In a couple of scenes, you will even get to see the monster cameras they used to get that color.
The sound is probably as good as could be, given the recording technology of the time, and while it won't blow you away like the picture, it's not bad. Almost everything about these films is lush, beautiful, and spectacular. The digitization does justice to red cheeks and lips, blue eyes and skies, and the water makes me want to dive in!
I can vaguely remember watching some of these as a kid back when they sometimes used to show this kind of thing on TV, and being amazed at the elaborate and colourful watershow spectacles. But sadly, now in our "wonderful" 100+ channel universe these type of movies are no longer broadcast, and instead we are subjected to the latest inane reality show or American Idol clone, or re-runs of "classics" like "Friends" or "Seinfeld". (*gags in disgust*) Heck, even the late-late-show movies where one could sometimes still find these kind of movies have now been replaced with nothing but useless waste-of-time infomercials. But now thanks to the miracle of DVDs, at last my mom can watch the type of show she's been longing to see again.
She has now watched the whole set and loved them all. She said that "Neptune's Daughter" is one of the funniest movies she has ever seen. Now she is ready for the next set (she was really excited when I pointed out to her that the first set says "Vol.1" on it), but I keep checking back here and so far there's nothing.
Come on Warner Home Video, there are people out here waiting, and there's money for you just waiting to be made. Get cracking with the release of Vol.2!
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