Neptune's Daughter (1949 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Edward Buzzell|
|Produced by||Jack Cummings|
|Written by||Dorothy Kingsley|
|Music by||Frank Loesser|
|Editing by||Cotton Warburton|
|Running time||95 minutes|
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.
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.
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
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.
- "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
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.
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)
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- 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
- 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.
- Neptune's Daughter at the Internet Movie Database
- Neptune's Daughter at allmovie
- Neptune's Daughter at the TCM Movie Database
- Review of Neptune's Daughter at Red-Skelton.info