This Time for Keeps (1947)

105-106 mins | Musical | 7 October 1947

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Producer:

Joe Pasternak

Cinematographer:

Karl Freund

Editor:

John Dunning

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Randall Duell

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Although the initial HR production chart for this film lists Hal Rosson as the photographer, subsequent charts and onscreen credits list Karl Freund. The extent of Rosson's contribution to the final film has not been determined. According to M-G-M publicity materials, Elyse Sutter, who appeared in the film as a water dancer, was Miss Wisconsin of 1945. A Jul 1946 HR news item noted that Angela Lansbury's mother, Moyna MacGill, was set for a role, but her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. According to an Aug 1946 HR news item, Calvin Jackson substituted for musical director Georgie Stoll when Stoll fell ill. Some filming took place on Mackinac Island, MI. A 1981 HR news item notes the 1980 film Somewhere in Time was filmed at the same Mackinac Island location used for this picture. Actress Anne Francis made her motion picture debut in the ... More Less

Although the initial HR production chart for this film lists Hal Rosson as the photographer, subsequent charts and onscreen credits list Karl Freund. The extent of Rosson's contribution to the final film has not been determined. According to M-G-M publicity materials, Elyse Sutter, who appeared in the film as a water dancer, was Miss Wisconsin of 1945. A Jul 1946 HR news item noted that Angela Lansbury's mother, Moyna MacGill, was set for a role, but her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. According to an Aug 1946 HR news item, Calvin Jackson substituted for musical director Georgie Stoll when Stoll fell ill. Some filming took place on Mackinac Island, MI. A 1981 HR news item notes the 1980 film Somewhere in Time was filmed at the same Mackinac Island location used for this picture. Actress Anne Francis made her motion picture debut in the film. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
4 Oct 1947.
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Film Daily
17 Oct 47
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jul 46
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jul 46
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jul 46
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Jul 46
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Aug 46
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Aug 46
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Oct 46
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Oct 46
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Oct 47
p. 3.
Independent Film Journal
3 Aug 46
p. 50.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
11 Oct 47
p. 3873.
New York Times
5 Dec 1947.
p. 33.
Variety
8 Oct 47
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst to dir, operatic seq
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Assoc set dec
COSTUMES
Cost supv
Men's cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus dir
SOUND
Rec dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
DANCE
Dances and water ballet by
MAKEUP
Makeup created by
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
STAND INS
Diving double for Esther Williams
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
Assoc
SOURCES
SONGS
"Little Bit This and a Little Bit That" and "Inka Dinka Doo," music and lyrics by Jimmy Durante
"Easy to Love," music and lyrics by Cole Porter
"I Love to Dance," music and lyrics by Burton Lane and Ralph Freed
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SONGS
"Little Bit This and a Little Bit That" and "Inka Dinka Doo," music and lyrics by Jimmy Durante
"Easy to Love," music and lyrics by Cole Porter
"I Love to Dance," music and lyrics by Burton Lane and Ralph Freed
"Why Don't They Let Me Sing a Love Song" and "Little Big Shot," music and lyrics by Harry Akst and Benny Davis
"M'Appari" from the opera Martha, oder Der Markt von Richmond , music by Friedrich von Flotow, libretto by Friedrich Wilhelm Riese
"Ten Percent Off" and "S'No Wonder They Fell in Love," music and lyrics by Sammy Fain and Ralph Freed
"I'll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time," music by Albert Von Tilzer, lyrics by Neville Fleeson
"Ora è per sempre addio" from the opera Otello , music by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Arrigo Boito
"La donna è mobile" from the opera Rigoletto , music by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
"The Lost Chord," music and lyrics by Earl Brent and Jimmy Durante
"When It's Lilac Time on Mackinac Island," music and lyrics by Lesley Kirk
"Chiquita Banana," music and lyrics by Leonard McKenzie, Garth Montgomery and William Wirges
"Un poquito de Amor," music and lyrics by Raul Soler and Ralph Freed
"I Det Fri," music and lyrics by S. Anderson.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
7 October 1947
Production Date:
15 July--14 October 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 October 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1271
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
105-106
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12090
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

The season opening of a big city opera coincides with the return from the war of opera star Richard Herald's son Dick Johnson. Dick, who is also an opera singer, attends a pool party held in honor of returning servicemen and greets Leonora "Nora" Cambaretti, a water ballet dancer starring in the new "Aqua Capers" show. Nora, who entertained Dick and other wounded soldiers in Europe during the war, barely remembers the day she met Dick and he planted a kiss on her lips, but Dick remembers the kiss very well. Unaware that Dick is the son of a famous opera star, Nora, believing that he is penniless, asks friend Xavier Cugat to give him a job at his nightclub. Nora is also unaware that Dick's father expects him to marry Frances Allenbury, a childhood friend of Dick who is now a wealthy socialite. Ferdi Farro, Nora's pianist and self-appointed guardian, objects to Nora's interest in Dick, as does Gordon Coome, owner of the aquacade. Ferdi and Coome are both in love with Nora, but Nora is only interested in pursuing a romance with Dick. Time passes, and Nora consents to marry Dick if he can pass an "inspection" by her grandmother in Michigan. Braving the cold winter weather, Nora and Dick set out for Mackinac Island, to visit aging Grandma Cambaretti. Nora's grandmother instantly approves of Dick, as does Nora's young niece Deborah, but the wedding plans are soon called off when Nora receives word from Ferdi that newspapers have announced Dick and Frances' engagement. Believing that Dick has been deceiving her, Nora leaves Mackinac Island at once and returns home. ... +


The season opening of a big city opera coincides with the return from the war of opera star Richard Herald's son Dick Johnson. Dick, who is also an opera singer, attends a pool party held in honor of returning servicemen and greets Leonora "Nora" Cambaretti, a water ballet dancer starring in the new "Aqua Capers" show. Nora, who entertained Dick and other wounded soldiers in Europe during the war, barely remembers the day she met Dick and he planted a kiss on her lips, but Dick remembers the kiss very well. Unaware that Dick is the son of a famous opera star, Nora, believing that he is penniless, asks friend Xavier Cugat to give him a job at his nightclub. Nora is also unaware that Dick's father expects him to marry Frances Allenbury, a childhood friend of Dick who is now a wealthy socialite. Ferdi Farro, Nora's pianist and self-appointed guardian, objects to Nora's interest in Dick, as does Gordon Coome, owner of the aquacade. Ferdi and Coome are both in love with Nora, but Nora is only interested in pursuing a romance with Dick. Time passes, and Nora consents to marry Dick if he can pass an "inspection" by her grandmother in Michigan. Braving the cold winter weather, Nora and Dick set out for Mackinac Island, to visit aging Grandma Cambaretti. Nora's grandmother instantly approves of Dick, as does Nora's young niece Deborah, but the wedding plans are soon called off when Nora receives word from Ferdi that newspapers have announced Dick and Frances' engagement. Believing that Dick has been deceiving her, Nora leaves Mackinac Island at once and returns home. Dick soon discovers that his father and Frances deliberately tried to sabotage his romance with Nora by placing the engagement announcement in the newspapers. Dick makes repeated attempts to explain the situation to Nora, but she refuses to speak with him. Several months pass, and Richard, now certain that his son will only be happy with Nora, has a change of heart and tries to aid Dick and Nora's reconciliation. After learning that Nora is vacationing at Mackinac Island, Richard convinces Ferdi to accompany him there to help bring Nora and Dick back together. Nora, meanwhile, makes plans to elope with Gordon. When they arrive on the island, Richard and Ferdi find that Dick is there, too, performing with Cugat's band at the Grand Hotel. Ferdi and Richard eventually convince Nora that Dick is worthy of her love, and they are happy to see that the couple will resume their romance. +

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