Skirts Ahoy!

Skirts Ahoy!

Director: Sidney Lanfield

Cast: Esther Williams, Joan Evans, Vivian Blaine

     
 

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…  See more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
The nadir of Esther Williams' career at M-G-M, both on and off the screen (she didn't see eye-to-eye with director Sidney Lanfield), Skirts Ahoy remains a noisy, unfunny and at times unintelligible mish-mash. The writers visibly had problems getting Miss Williams into that darn pool -- which she finally does, twice, performing with a couple of kids who looks as if they belonged in The Village of the Damned and an inflatable beach toy. The scribes also failed to give Vivian Blaine anything funny to say or do and her road company Adelaide quickly becomes grating. Happily, Blaine rebounded a couple of years later when she reprised her adenoidal chorus girl in the fine screen version of Guys and Dolls (1955). As for Skirts Ahoy, even guest stars Debbie Reynolds, Bobby Van, Keenan Wynn and Billy Eckstine fail to amuse and the only sincere performance in the film comes from veteran vaudevillian and B-Western sidekick Emmett Lynn as a kindly plumber.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2011
UPC:
0883316395936
Original Release:
1952
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
26,742

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Esther Williams Whitney Young
Joan Evans Mary Kate Yarbrough
Vivian Blaine Una Yancy
Barry Sullivan Lt. Cmdr. Paul Elcott
Keefe Brasselle Dick Hallson
Billy Eckstine Himself
Margalo Gillmore Lt. Cmdr. Stauton
Dean Miller Archie O'Conovan
Jeff Donnell Lieutenant Giff
Thurston Hall Thatcher Kinston
Roy Roberts Capt. Graymont
Emmett Lynn Plumber
Hayden Rorke Doctor
Juanita Moore Actor
Debbie Reynolds Actor
DeMarco Sisters The Williams Sisters
Henny Backus Nurse
Mary Foran Fat Girl
Whit Bissell Mr. Yarbrough
Madge Blake Mrs. Vance
Mae Clarke Miss LaValle
Byron Foulger Tearoom manager
William Haade Bosun's mate
Suzette Harbin Black drill team
Paul Harvey Old naval officer
Rudy Lee Randy
Ruth Lee Mrs. Yarbrough
Bobby Van Himself

Technical Credits
Sidney Lanfield Director
Nick Castle Choreography
Daniel B. Cathcart Art Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Isobel Lennart Screenwriter
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Joe Pasternak Producer
George Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision
Cotton Warburton Editor

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