Cinema: The New Pictures, may 19, 1952

Skirts Ahoy! (M-G-M), a musical about the U.S. Navy's WAVES, might just as well have been titled Encores Aweigh. The film follows three sailorettes through boot camp, where the activities seem to consist mostly of swimming, singing and dancing in Technicolor. Esther Williams is a spoiled society girl who left her bridegroom languishing at the altar; red-haired Joan Evans is a small-town girl who was stood up at her wedding; blonde Vivian Elaine is a salesgirl with a Brooklyn accent.

On the prowl for wine, men and song, the three girls finally snag their sailors. Esther glides gracefully through several swimming numbers,...

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