Duchess of Idaho

Duchess of Idaho

Director: Robert Z. Leonard Cast: Esther Williams, Van Johnson, John Lund

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This formula Esther Williams musical casts the star as Midwestern carnival swimmer Christine Duncan, in love with bandleader Dick Layn (Van Johnson). Attempting to smooth the course of romance for her friend Ellen Hallet (Paula Raymond), Christine makes a play for Ellen's wealthy boss Douglas J. Morrissen, Jr. (John Lund). Ellen wants to protect Douglas from fortune hunters, so Christine pretends to be a fortune hunter, so that he'll appreciate anew how much Ellen cares for him. Confused? So is Dick, who can't fathom Christine's bizarre behavior. If for nothing else, Duchess of Idaho is memorable as the "comeback" picture for dancing star Eleanor Powell, who has just as little to do as her fellow guest stars Lena Horne and (unbilled) Red Skelton. Watch for Amanda Gunsmoke Blake and Dick Sergeant Preston Simmons in supporting roles.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2011
UPC: 0883316395738
Original Release: 1950
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 10,117

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Esther Williams Christine Riverton Duncan
Van Johnson Dick Layn
John Lund Douglas J. Morrissen, Jr.
Paula Raymond Ellen Hallet
Clinton Sundberg Matson
Connie Haines Peggy Elliott
Mel Tormé Cyril
Amanda Blake Linda Kinston
Tommy Farrell Chuck
Sig Arno Mons. Le Blanche
Mae Clarke Betty, the flower girl
Lena Horne Guest Star
J. Louis Johnson Pullman Porter
Harold Miller Men at Table
Roger Moore Escort
Allan Ray Elevator Man
Suzanne Ridgway Cleo
Dick Simmons Alec J. Collins
Red Skelton Guest Star
Charles B. Smith Johnny
Larry Steers Actor
John Trebach Waiter
Bunny Waters Marsha
Jubalaires Themselves
Eleanor Powell Specialty

Technical Credits
Robert Z. Leonard Director
Malcolm Brown Art Director
Dorothy Cooper Screenwriter
Jerry Davis Screenwriter
Jack Dawn Makeup
Jack Donohue Choreography
Adrienne Fazan Editor
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arthur Krams Set Decoration/Design
Joe Pasternak Producer
Eddie Polo Makeup
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles E. Schoenbaum Cinematographer
George Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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