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Neptune's Daughter (1949)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | June 1949 (USA)
A swimsuit fashion designer is determined to protect her scatterbrained sister from a South American heart-breaker, but a case of mistaken identity complicates matters.

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Cast

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José O'Rourke
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Betty Barrett
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Joe Backett
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Lukie Luzette
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Mac Mozolla
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Pancho
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Tall Wrangler
Frank Mitchell ...
Little Wrangler
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Storyline

Scatterbrained Betty Barrett mistakes masseur Jack Spratt for Jose O'Rourke, the captain of the South American polo team. Spratt goes along with the charade, but the situation becomes more complicated when they fall in love. Meanwhile, Betty's sensible older sister Eve fears Betty's heart will be broken when Jose returns to South America. She arranges to meet with the real O'Rourke and love soon blossoms between them as well. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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With a Great Cast of Stars! Bathing Beauties! Songs and Spectacle! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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June 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La hija de Neptuno  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Esther Williams was pregnant, with her first son, Benjamin Stanton "Ben" Gage, while this movie, Neptune's Daughter was being filmed. See more »

Goofs

During the polo game at the end of the film, tire tracks from the camera car can be seen on the field right beside the players on horseback. See more »

Quotes

Eve Barrett: If you keep throwing yourself at men you are only going to get hurt!
Betty Barrett: Not if my aim is good!
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Connections

Referenced in Heart & Soul: The Life and Music of Frank Loesser (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Jungle Rhumba
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Music by Toni Beaulieu
Performed by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra
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Mediocre
30 June 2013 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The movie features a marvelous cast, each doing his or her specialty. But I especially like the unheralded Betty Garret as the ditzy sister who manages to steal several scenes. Williams has a few abbreviated swim scenes, but does more acting than paddling. Then too, making her a swimsuit designer gives us guys an eyeful of the modeling scenes. Frankly, though, I was disappointed with the big aqua number, which has legions of girls diving into the pool but little more. It's far from any kind of ballet that Williams is so good at.

Of course, Skelton is made for movies like this where his slapstick comedy can blend into the overall shenanigans. However, a couple of his skits (mounting the horse & piling it on muscle- man Mazurki) went past their peak of hilarity. Good to see voice wizard Mel Blanc get a movie break after so many years of funny dialects on radio, TV, and cartoons. All in all, the movie's an entertaining and certainly colorful 90-minutes, but unfortunately not Williams' best.


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