The New Pictures, Jul. 31, 1950

The Duchess of Idaho (MGM) is an Esther Williams musical, i.e., a pretty body of water surrounded by clichés. It shows plenty of the human form, mostly Swimmer Williams', against the travel-folder backdrop of Sun Valley in Technicolor. The makeshift plot stops and goes at the convenience of the songs, dances and fancy splashing.

This time Esther flits flirtatiously between a Sun Valley bandleader (Van Johnson), whom she really loves, and a millionaire playboy (John Lund). Johnson is made to work overtime as a singer and dancer, and there are specialty numbers by Lena...

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