Thursday, January 28, 2010


Duchess of Idaho (1950). Musical/romantic/comedy. Directer: Robert Z. Leonard, it was the fourth film with Esther Williams and Van Johnson together. It was shot mainly on location in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Christine Riverton Duncan, the star of the "Melody in Springtime" water ballet, shares her apartment with Ellen Hallet, a secretary to railroad tycoon Douglas J. Morrissen, Jr.. While dining at a nightclub with Linda, Douglas pretends that Ellen is his fiancee to scare her off. Ellen returns home drunk thinking that Douglas is just using her. The next day, Ellen and Douglas make plans to go on a business trip to Sun Valley. When Christine, hears the news she tells her to run out and buy a dress with a "low, cut neck line." No sooner does Ellen bring home the new dress, Douglas calls to cancel their plans. The two girls decide to get even with Douglas. The misadventures begins when Christine falls in love with bandleader Dick Layn.

This is the first time I have seen the film Duchess of Idaho. The songs are wonderful, as well as the swimming numbers. And a couple of fun cameos. Which I want to keep a secret. :)


"Let's Choo Choo Choo to Idaho"
Written by Al Rinker and Floyd Huddleston
Sung by Van Johnson, Connie Haines and The Jubilaires

"You Can't Do Wrong Doin' Right"
Written by Al Rinker and Floyd Huddleston
Sung by Van Johnson and Connie Haines

"Of All Things"
Written by Al Rinker and Floyd Huddleston
Sung by Connie Haines

"Baby Come Out of the Clouds"
Written by Henry Nemo and Lee Pearl
Sung by Lena Horne

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