Neptune's Daughter (1949 film)

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Neptune's Daughter
Neptune's daughter poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Edward Buzzell
Produced by Jack Cummings
Written by Dorothy Kingsley
Starring Esther Williams
Red Skelton
Ricardo Montalbán
Betty Garrett
Music by Frank Loesser
Cinematography Charles Rosher
Edited by Cotton Warburton
Distributed by Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer
Release date(s)
  • June 9, 1949 (1949-06-09)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,221,000[1]
Box office $5,773,000[1]

Neptune's Daughter is a 1949 Technicolor 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.

This was the third movie that paired Williams and Ricardo Montalbán, 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). This is one of the first films to depict television use.

Plot summary[edit]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Williams discovered she was pregnant with her first child with husband Ben Gage early into shooting.[2]

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.[2]

The movie was filmed partly on location at Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida.[3]

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.[2]

Musical numbers[edit]

The song Baby It's Cold Outside was not planned to be in this film. It took the place of Frank Loesser's "(I'd Like to Get You on a) Slow Boat to China," which the Hayes Office thought inappropriate.[citation needed]

  • "Baby, It's Cold Outside" - Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalbán, Betty Garrett and Red Skelton
    • Loesser wrote the duet in 1944 and premiered the song with his wife at their Navarro Hotel housewarming party. It went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 22nd Academy Awards.[4]
  • "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

Release[edit]

According to MGM records the film was a big hit and earned $3,477,000 in the US and Canada and $2,296,000 overseas, resulting in profit of $1,473,000.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

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."[5]

Home media[edit]

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 four other Williams's films: Bathing Beauty (1944), Easy to Wed (1946), On an Island with You (1948) and Dangerous When Wet (1953)[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ a b c The Million Dollar Mermaid: An Autobiography, By Esther Williams, Digby Diehl, Published by Harcourt Trade, 2000, ISBN 0-15-601135-2, ISBN 978-0-15-601135-8
  3. ^ http://www.weekiwacheediving.com/about.htm
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?_r=1&res=9806E1DA173BE23BBC4852DFB0668382659EDE&scp=3&sq=neptune%27s%20daughter&st=cse
  6. ^ http://www.tcm.com/2007/estherwilliams/index.jsp

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