Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Fri, Jul 19, 2013
7:30pm
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Double Feature! Esther Williams Memorial Tribute
BATHING BEAUTY / TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME

We remember swimmer-turned-movie-star Esther Williams (August 8, 1921 – June 6, 2013) with two of her most popular musicals.

BATHING BEAUTY
1944, Park Circus/MGM, 101 min, USA, Dir: George Sidney

Hit songwriter Steve Elliott (Red Skelton) is getting married when his producer (Basil Rathbone) disrupts the ceremony to keep him focused on music; his bride (Esther Williams) leaves to teach at a women’s college and Steve uses every trick in the book to pursue her. Swimming champ Williams made such a splash in her first starring role that the Technicolor musical was retitled from “Mr. Co-Ed” to give her part more prominence (the pool sequences are justifiably legendary).


TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME
1949, Park Circus/MGM, 93 min, USA, Dir: Busby Berkeley

This superbly crafted musical features an all-star team behind the camera - producer Arthur Freed, director Busby Berkeley and choreographer Stanley Donen - as well as in front. Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly are baseball players (and off-season vaudeville performers) in 1908 whose team is taken over by a woman (Esther Williams). Costars Jules Munshin and Betty Garrett hit home runs with numbers like “O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg” and “It's Fate, Baby” (the two would soon join Sinatra and Kelly in ON THE TOWN).


Screening format: 35mm
Aero Theatre • Fri, Jul 19, 2013 • 7:30pm
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