Set against the background of Florida's Cypress Gardens, and featuring many stretches of water carnival-ballet numbers, the slight story line finds swimming star Julie Hallerton (Esther Williams) in love with Ray Lloyd (Van Johnson), her boss and the creator and operator of the operation. She stays mostly wet, while he stays mostly disinterested in anything other than the cash receipts.
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MGM's spectacular Technicolor musical excitingly filmed in Florida's beautiful Cypress Gardens!
25 December 1953 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?
Although both MGM and Esther Williams remained tight-lipped about the subject, it's been rumored that many of the trickier routines in the Cypress Gardens finale were actually performed by one of their more experienced professionals, who was herself unidentifiable because of her distance from the cameras. See more
At the very end of Esther Williams's water-skiing extravaganza, the camera shoots a long pullback shot of her on a platform with flags hoisting into view on either side; the shot then makes a stationary jump (albeit on cue with the music) to the same shot with jet fountains coming in from both sides like a curtain closing. You can see it's two different shots because Williams's right hand is up in the first one, then suddenly down in the second. See more
What Good Is a Gal? (Without a Guy)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the scene where Julie is packing for New York See more