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Luxury Liner
Director: Richard Whorf (Dir)
Release Date:   Sep 1948
Production Date:   early Aug--late Sep 1947
Duration (in mins):   97-99
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Cast:   George Brent (Captain Jeremy Bradford)  
    Jane Powell (Polly Bradford [also known as Polly Murphy])  
    Lauritz Melchior (Olaf Erickson)  
    Frances Gifford (Laura Dene)  
    Marina Koshetz (Zita Romanka)  
    Xavier Cugat (Himself) And His Orchestra
    Thomas E. Breen (Denis Mulvy)  
    Richard Derr (Charles G. K. Worton)  
    John Ridgeley (Chief Officer Carver)  
    The Pied Pipers (Themselves)  
    Connie Gilchrist (Bertha)  
    Lee Tung Foo (Fu Dong)  
    Georgette Windsor (Perdita)  
    Romo Vincent (Pierre)  
    Kay Norton (Ship's hostess)  
    Michael Dugan (2d officer)  
    Margaret Bert (Maid)  
    Shirley Johns (Count Karper)  
    Gloria Winters (Tessa)  
    Caren Marsh (Girl)  
    Gloria Moore (Girl)  
    Susan Miller (Girl)  
    Jane Isbell (Girl)  
    Betty Blythe (Miss Fenmoor)  
    Patsy Lee Parsons (Joyce)  
    Juanita Quigley (Jean)  
    Mary Jane Smith (Martha)  
    Cynthia Crane (Suzy)  
    George Meader (Secretary)  
    Bill Harbach (Steward)  
    Roger Moore (Waiter)  
    Wes Hopper (Waiter)  
    Tom Martin (Waiter)  
    Walter Clinton (Waiter)  
    Sam Ash (Waiter)  
    William Tannen (Chief steward)  
    Dorothy Vaughn (Stewardess)  
    Jack Lipson (Fat guest)  
    May McAvoy    

Summary: Jeremy Bradford, the captain of a luxury ocean liner, spends his four-day vacation with his sixteen-year-old daughter Polly, who studies and resides at Miss Fenmoor's school. Polly adores her loving father, and her schoolmates are jealous of her close relationship to him. One evening, Jeremy takes Polly to the opera Aida , which stars Olaf Erickson and soprano Zita Romanka. Polly, an aspiring opera singer, is envious of Olaf's singing abilities and dreams of the day when she will be admired for her singing. During the concert, Jeremy tells Polly that Olaf and Zita will be traveling aboard his ship on its next voyage to Rio de Janiero. Polly desperately wants to join her father on the cruise, but Jeremy rejects her pleas, insisting that she remain in school, and returns to his ship. The ship's passenger list includes Laura Dene, a young bride-to-be whose wedding was called off at the last moment. Though the ship is fully booked, Laura's fiancée, Charles G. K. Worton, secretly makes arrangements with Jeremy to sail with Laura. A short time after the ship leaves port, Denis Mulvy, a young officer, tells Jeremy that a stowaway has been found. When Jeremy discovers that the stowaway is Polly, he decides to teach her a lesson by ostracizing her and forcing her to perform hard labor in the ship's kitchen. Polly responds to her father's actions by disowning him and calling herself "Polly Murphy." Later, in the ship's dining room, while dining with the captain, Olaf finds a note in his meal from Polly stating that the potatoes were personally peeled by the captain's daughter. Jeremy is infuriated by the prank, and when he enters the galley to scold Polly, he finds her leading the kitchen staff in a musical dance. Jeremy immediately removes his daughter from the kitchen and places her to work scrubbing floors. Polly eventually meets Olaf and tells him that he is her personal "Sinatra." When Polly meets Laura, she tells her that she is a stowaway and that she is being mistreated by the captain. Laura is shocked by Polly's remarks and agrees to speak to the captain and demand that he improve her conditions. Jeremy does not tell Laura that Polly is his daughter, and Laura is mystified by his unwillingness to reconsider Polly's punishment. Jeremy, however, eventually tires of the ruse and tells Laura the truth about Polly. While a romance develops between Jeremy and Laura, Charles, who has not yet made his presence aboard the ship known to Laura, tells Polly that he is determined to marry his fiancée. Laura later discusses her engagement with Jeremy, and tells him she does not know whether she really loves Charles. Polly sees Charles and Laura kiss, and realizing that her father is in love with Laura, is saddened. After making amends with her father, Polly confides her sorrows in Olaf, who invites her to sing a duet with him at the next shipboard concert. Later, when Laura tells Polly that she does not love Charles and does not intend to continue a romance with him, Polly happily resumes her efforts to match her father with Laura. Polly's plan eventually succeeds, as she discovers when she sees her father kissing Laura. 

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp. (Loew's Inc.)
Distribution Company: Loew's Inc.  
Director: Richard Whorf (Dir)
  Tom Andre (Asst dir)
Producer: Joe Pasternak (Prod)
Writer: Gladys Lehman (Scr)
  Richard Connell (Scr)
Photography: Robert Planck (Dir of photog)
  Harkness Smith (Cam op)
  Frank Shugrue (Stills)
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons (Art dir)
  Paul Groesse (Art dir)
Film Editor: Robert J. Kern (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis (Set dec)
  Arthur Krams (Assoc)
Costumes: Helen Rose (Women's cost)
  Valles (Men's cost)
Music: Georgie Stoll (Mus dir)
Sound: Douglas Shearer (Rec dir)
  Standish J. Lambert (Sd)
Special Effects: A. Arnold Gillespie (Spec eff)
  Donald Jahraus (Assoc)
Make Up: Sydney Guilaroff (Hair styles des by)
  Jack Dawn (Makeup created by)
Production Misc: Sergei Petschnikoff (Prod mgr)
  Grace Dubray (Scr supv)
  Tom Long (Grip)
Color Personnel: Natalie Kalmus (Technicolor col consultant)
  James Gooch (Assoc)
Country: United States

Songs: "Spring Came Back to Vienna," music and lyrics by Janice Torre, Fred Spielman and Fritz Rotter; a selection from the opera Aida , music by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by A. Ghislanzoni; "Alouette," traditional, new arrangement by Leo Arnaud; "Vamos a Rumbia," music and lyrics by Xavier Cugat and Rafael Angulo; "Yes, We Have No Bananas," music and lyrics by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn; "Helan Gar," arranged by Georgie Stoll; "Siegmund's Liebeslied" from the opera Die Walküre and "Lohengrin's Abscheid" from the opera Lohengrin , music and libretto by Richard Wagner; "Gavotte" from the opera Manon , music by Jules Massenet, libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille; "Con Maraccas," music and lyrics by Candido Dimanlig and Xavier Cugat; "Peanut Vendor," music Moises Simon, lyrics by Marion Sunshine and L. Wolfe Gilbert; "I've Got You Under My Skin," music and lyrics by Cole Porter; "Torna a Sorriento," music by Ernesto De Curtis, lyrics by Giambattista De Curtis; "Ya Viechov Mlada," traditional.
Composer: Georgie Stoll
  A. Ghislanzoni
  Rafael Angulo
  Leo Arnaud
  Irving Cohn
  Xavier Cugat
  Ernesto De Curtis
  Giambattista De Curtis
  Candido Dimanlig
  L. Wolfe Gilbert
  Philippe Gille
  Jules Massenet
  Henri Meilhac
  Cole Porter
  Fritz Rotter
  Frank Silver
  Moises Simon
  Fred Spielman
  Marion Sunshine
  Janice Torre
  Giuseppe Verdi
  Richard Wagner

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number Passed By NBR:
Loew's Inc. 28/7/1948 dd/mm/yyyy LP1749 Yes

PCA NO: 12775
Physical Properties: col: Technicolor
  Sd: Western Electric Sound System

Genre: Romantic comedy
  Romantic comedy
Subjects (Major): Fathers and daughters
  Ocean liners
  Opera singers
  Sea captains
Subjects (Minor): Engagements
  Impersonation and imposture
  Romantic rivalry
  Ship crews

Note: This film is unrelated to the 1932 Paramount picture Luxury Liner , which also starred George Brent. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Box Office   21 Aug 1948.   
Daily Variety   17 Aug 48   p. 3, 7
Film Daily   18 Aug 48   p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter   15 Aug 47   p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter   26 Sep 47   p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter   17 Aug 48   p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter   16 Sep 48   p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest   21 Aug 48   p. 4281.
New York Times   10 Sep 48   p. 19.
Variety   18 Aug 48   p. 11.

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