This week is very exciting for MGM musical fans, with the release of Volume 1 of the Esther Williams Collection.
I've seen all the films either in revival theaters or on video. NEPTUNE'S DAUGHTER, which introduces the standard "Baby, It's Cold Outside," is probably my favorite in the bunch. I always enjoy Betty Garrett, who plays Esther's sister. BATHING BEAUTY is also a particularly good showcase for Esther's talent. All of the films are a lot of fun, and the set is well worth acquiring. My only quibble is that it would have been wonderful if Esther had done a commentary track for one of the films. On the other hand, I'm very excited about the presence of a couple deleted musical numbers.
J.C. Loophole of The Shelf has written an extremely detailed and informative review of the films themselves and the set as a whole. Don't miss it.
Hopefully there will be a Volume 2 of Esther's movies in future!
Coming next Tuesday: More MGM magic, with the release of Classic Musicals From the Dream Factory, Vol. 2.