- Neptune's Daughter (1949 film)
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Directed by Edward Buzzell Produced by Jack Cummings Written by Dorothy Kingsley Starring Esther Williams
Music by Frank Loesser Cinematography Charles Rosher Editing by Cotton Warburton Distributed by Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer Release date(s) June 9, 1949 Running time 95 minutes Country United States Language English
Neptune's Daughter is a 1949 musical romantic comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer starring Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Ricardo Montalbán, Betty Garrett, Keenan Wynn, Xavier Cugat and Mel Blanc. It was directed by Edward Buzzell, and features the Academy Award winning song Baby, It's Cold Outside by Frank Loesser.
Neptune's Daughter was the third movie that paired Williams and Ricardo Montalbán together, the other two being Fiesta (1947) and On an Island with You (1948), and the second to co-star Red Skelton (1944's Bathing Beauty).
Williams contracted with Cole of California to appear as their spokesperson before making the film. As a result, the company created the suits that Williams and the aqua chorus wore throughout the film. After filming was done, Williams's doctor ordered her to stay away from activity, and she instead gave swimming lessons to blind children. "Teaching those children how to swim was "one of the most gratifying experiences I've ever had," wrote Williams in her autobiography.
Williams played a swimsuit designer in this film, and went on to copy several swimsuit designs from this film in the line of swimwear she would later create.
- Esther Williams as Eve Barrett
- Ricardo Montalbán as José O'Rourke
- Red Skelton as Jack Spratt
- Betty Garrett as Betty Barrett
- Keenan Wynn as Joe Backett
- Mel Blanc as Pancho
- Xavier Cugat as himself
- "Baby, It's Cold Outside" - Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalbán, Betty Garrett and Red Skelton
- "I Love Those Men" - Betty Garrett with Red Skelton and Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra
- "My Heart Beats Faster" - Ricardo Montalbán
- "Jungle Rhumba" - Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra
A 1949 New York Times review of the film called it a "great big beautiful musical, full of slickness and Technicolored plush, models and Xavier Cugat rhythm."
On July 17, 2007, Turner Entertainment released Neptune's Daughter on DVD as part of the Esther Williams Spotlight Collection, Volume 1. The 5 disc set contained digitally remastered versions of several of Williams's films including Bathing Beauty (1944), Easy to Wed (1946), On an Island with You (1948) and Dangerous When Wet (1953)
- ^ a b c The Million Dollar Mermaid: An Autobiography, By Esther Williams, Digby Diehl, Published by Harcourt Trade, 2000, ISBN 0156011352, 9780156011358
- ^ http://www.weekiwacheediving.com/about.htm
- ^ Loesser, Susan (1993). A Most Remarkable Fella: Frank Loesser and the Guys and Dolls in His Life; A Portrait by His Daughter" p. 79-81. ISBN 1-55611-364-1.
- ^ http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?_r=1&res=9806E1DA173BE23BBC4852DFB0668382659EDE&scp=3&sq=neptune%27s%20daughter&st=cse
- ^ http://www.tcm.com/2007/estherwilliams/index.jsp
- Neptune's Daughter at the Internet Movie Database
- Neptune's Daughter at AllRovi
- Neptune's Daughter at the TCM Movie Database
- Review of Neptune's Daughter at www.clown-ministry.com
Films directed by Edward Buzzell 1930s 1940sGo West (1940) · The Getaway (1941) · Married Bachelor (1941) · Ship Ahoy (1942) · The Omaha Trail (1942) · The Youngest Profession (1943) · The Best Foot Forward (1943) · Keep Your Powder Dry (1945) · Easy to Wed (1946) · Three Wise Fools (1946) · Song of the Thin Man (1947) · Neptune's Daughter (1949) 1950sA Woman of Distinction (1950) · Emergency Wedding (1950) · Confidentially Connie (1953) · Ain't Misbehavin' (1955) 1960sMary Had a Little... (1961)
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