Luxury Liner


1h 37m 1948
Luxury Liner

Brief Synopsis

The daughter of a ship's captain becomes a sea-going cupid.

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Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Musical
Release Date
Sep 1948
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Distribution Company
Loew's Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 37m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

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.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Musical
Release Date
Sep 1948
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Distribution Company
Loew's Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 37m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

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Luxury Liner


The 1948 MGM musical Luxury Liner stars Jane Powell as Polly Bradford, a boarding school girl with big dreams of being an opera star. Veteran actor George Brent plays Polly's widowed father, the captain of a luxury passenger ship. When he lets it slip that the world famous opera tenor Olaf Eriksen will be a passenger on his ship's next voyage to Rio, she begs to come along. When her father refuses, Polly stows away on the ship determined to meet Olaf Eriksen and impress him with her own vocal abilities.

There is no shortage of talent on board this luxury liner. The effervescent Jane Powell displays a light comedic touch and sings some of the film's best numbers such as "Spring Came Back to Vienna" and "The Peanut Vendor." Marina Koshetz provides many funny moments as the ferociously aggressive singer Zita Romanka, and real life Danish opera star Lauritz Melchior shines in the role of Olaf Eriksen. Famous bandleader Xavier Cugat also makes an appearance playing himself.

Jane Powell admits in her 1988 autobiography The Girl Next Door and How She Grew that she had a big crush on her Luxury Liner co-star George Brent during the making of the film. Despite the fact that Brent was 30 years her senior and was playing her father, Powell found him "so good-looking, and fun," with a wonderful sense of humor. However, nothing came of the crush until decades later. While on tour in San Diego with the musical South Pacific, George Brent sent Powell a letter and a bouquet of roses out of the blue. She was charmed, and eventually the two began seeing each other socially. Brent confessed that he had always wanted to pursue her but found it too difficult all those years earlier because she was constantly surrounded by an overly protective entourage. Eventually Brent proposed marriage to Powell, but she turned him down much to his disappointment. However, the two did go on to marry others later on.

Luxury Liner co-star, Frances Gifford, who plays George Brent's love interest Laura, was beset with some unfortunate personal hardships soon after the film's release. The brunette beauty, best known for her role as Jungle Girl in the Republic action serial of the same name, was in a car crash in 1948 that left her with extensive injuries. Soon thereafter, MGM cancelled her contract, curtailing her otherwise promising acting career. She tried to resume her career following her recovery by making a couple of pictures for Paramount such as Riding High (1950) and Sky Commando (1953), but she never regained her footing in Hollywood. Her emotional state deteriorated, and she ended up spending many years in a psychiatric hospital.

Producer: Joe Pasternak
Director: Richard Whorf
Screenplay: Richard Connell, Karl Kamb, Gladys Lehman
Cinematography: Robert H. Planck
Film Editing: Robert Kern
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse
Music: George E. Stoll
Cast: George Brent (Captain Jeremy Bradford), Jane Powell (Polly Bradford), Lauritz Melchior (Olaf Eriksen), Frances Gifford (Laura Dene), Marina Koshetz (Zita Romanka), Xavier Cugat (Himself), Connie Gilchrist (Bertha).
C-98m. Closed captioning.

by Andrea Passafiume
Luxury Liner

Luxury Liner

The 1948 MGM musical Luxury Liner stars Jane Powell as Polly Bradford, a boarding school girl with big dreams of being an opera star. Veteran actor George Brent plays Polly's widowed father, the captain of a luxury passenger ship. When he lets it slip that the world famous opera tenor Olaf Eriksen will be a passenger on his ship's next voyage to Rio, she begs to come along. When her father refuses, Polly stows away on the ship determined to meet Olaf Eriksen and impress him with her own vocal abilities. There is no shortage of talent on board this luxury liner. The effervescent Jane Powell displays a light comedic touch and sings some of the film's best numbers such as "Spring Came Back to Vienna" and "The Peanut Vendor." Marina Koshetz provides many funny moments as the ferociously aggressive singer Zita Romanka, and real life Danish opera star Lauritz Melchior shines in the role of Olaf Eriksen. Famous bandleader Xavier Cugat also makes an appearance playing himself. Jane Powell admits in her 1988 autobiography The Girl Next Door and How She Grew that she had a big crush on her Luxury Liner co-star George Brent during the making of the film. Despite the fact that Brent was 30 years her senior and was playing her father, Powell found him "so good-looking, and fun," with a wonderful sense of humor. However, nothing came of the crush until decades later. While on tour in San Diego with the musical South Pacific, George Brent sent Powell a letter and a bouquet of roses out of the blue. She was charmed, and eventually the two began seeing each other socially. Brent confessed that he had always wanted to pursue her but found it too difficult all those years earlier because she was constantly surrounded by an overly protective entourage. Eventually Brent proposed marriage to Powell, but she turned him down much to his disappointment. However, the two did go on to marry others later on. Luxury Liner co-star, Frances Gifford, who plays George Brent's love interest Laura, was beset with some unfortunate personal hardships soon after the film's release. The brunette beauty, best known for her role as Jungle Girl in the Republic action serial of the same name, was in a car crash in 1948 that left her with extensive injuries. Soon thereafter, MGM cancelled her contract, curtailing her otherwise promising acting career. She tried to resume her career following her recovery by making a couple of pictures for Paramount such as Riding High (1950) and Sky Commando (1953), but she never regained her footing in Hollywood. Her emotional state deteriorated, and she ended up spending many years in a psychiatric hospital. Producer: Joe Pasternak Director: Richard Whorf Screenplay: Richard Connell, Karl Kamb, Gladys Lehman Cinematography: Robert H. Planck Film Editing: Robert Kern Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse Music: George E. Stoll Cast: George Brent (Captain Jeremy Bradford), Jane Powell (Polly Bradford), Lauritz Melchior (Olaf Eriksen), Frances Gifford (Laura Dene), Marina Koshetz (Zita Romanka), Xavier Cugat (Himself), Connie Gilchrist (Bertha). C-98m. Closed captioning. by Andrea Passafiume

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