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Esther Williams and Van Johnson on WTOP Radio in 1952

Duchess of Idaho
Esther Williams was an A-list celebrity in the 1950s. She and Van Johnson recreated their musical romantic comedy Duchess of Idaho on local radio station WTOP. Check out the amusing movie trailer, and a pin-up photo of Esther from 1945.
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This is a gem that I found in the January 5th, 1952 Washington Post. Esther Williams was a big deal in the 1950s as kind of  a Jennifer Aniston. She was a former synchronized swimmer and star of the silver screen, working with contemporaries like Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford and Lucille Ball. Esther was an A-list celebrity, so having her on our local radio station, WTOP, was big.

With Van Johnson, they recreated — in audio — their musical romantic comedy, Duchess of Idaho.

Today on WTOP - January 5th, 1952
Today on WTOP – January 5th, 1952
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The movie trailer is amusing. It’s so different than the ones we see today.


Here’s a another photo of this 50s pin-up girl.

Esther Williams - 1945 pin-up photo
Esther Williams – 1945 pin-up photo

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