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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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Complete credited cast:
José O'Rourke
Betty Barrett
Joe Backett
Xavier Cugat
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Mac Mozolla
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Frank Mitchell ...
Little Wrangler


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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Release Date:

June 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La hija de Neptuno  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This features a rare on-camera appearance by legendary voice actor Mel Blanc. He speaks in a Mexican accent close to the Speedy Gonzales voice he would begin using four years later for Warner Bros. cartoons. See more »


Throughout the movie Mel Blanc's character is referred to as Julio, but in the cast credits at the end of the film his name is Pancho. See more »


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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Referenced in Black River (1957) See more »


Baby, It's Cold Outside
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Ricardo Montalban and Esther Williams
also performed by Red Skelton and Betty Garrett
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Neptune's Bust
15 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Esther Williams knows clothes, or should I say bathing suits. This Esther Williams outing shows her getting discovered by Keenan Wynn and going right into the bathing suit business. Keenan Wynn, unlike his role in "Easy to Wed," is so subdued he comes across rather uninteresting. Betty Garrett, as Esther's sister, pretty much takes the spotlight as she tries to snare Red Skelton. By the way, Ricardo Montalban is Esther's paramour and "Neptune's Daughter" does include the Oscar-winning song "Baby, It's Cold Outside." But otherwise this film doesn't have much to recommend it. It only makes you think of other Esther Williams movies that are better with this kind of material and talent. The title "Neptune's Daughter" I'm sure was though of to make it sound glamorous. But it does not showcase Esther and company at their best.

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