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Duchess of Idaho Details

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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 Red Skelton Blake and Dick Dick Simmons in supporting roles. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Esther Williams
as Christine Riverton Duncan
Van Johnson
as Dick Layn
John Lund
as Douglas J. Morrissen, Jr.
Paula Raymond
as Ellen Hallet
Clinton Sundberg
as Matson
Mel Tormé
as Cyril
Amanda Blake
as Linda Kinston
Sig Arno
as Mons. Le Blanche
Mae Clarke
as Betty, the flower girl
Lena Horne
as Guest Star
Allan Ray
as Elevator Man
Dick Simmons
as Alec J. Collins
Red Skelton
as Guest Star
Charles B. Smith
as Johnny
Larry Steers
Bunny Waters
as Marsha
Eleanor Powell
as Specialty
Bunny Waters
as Marsha
Allan Ray
as Elevator Man
Charles B. Smith
as Johnny
Red Skelton
as Guest Star
Mae Clarke
as Betty, the flower girl
Dick Simmons
as Alec J. Collins
Lena Horne
as Guest Star

Crew

Robert Z. Leonard
Director
Joe Pasternak
Producer
Dorothy Cooper
Screenwriter
Charles E. Schoenbaum
Cinematographer
George Stoll
Musical Direction/Supervision
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Arthur Krams
Set Designer
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Helen Rose
Costume Designer
Jack Donohue
Choreography
Jack Dawn
Makeup
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