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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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Frank Mitchell ...
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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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June 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La hija de Neptuno  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Frank Loesser's "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, other songwriters protested because Loesser had originally written it in 1944 as a duet for himself and his wife to sing at parties, and they argued that it should not therefore be counted as an "original" song. But the Academy ruled that since the song had never been performed PROFESSIONALLY before it appeared in the film, it was therefore eligible, and it went on to win the award. 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

Betty Barrett: Actually, I have a date with him
[Red Skelton]
Betty Barrett: tonight.
Eve Barrett: Can't you get in enough trouble here without going below the border?
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Connections

Featured in Moments in Music (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

I Love Those Men
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Betty Garrett with Red Skelton and Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra
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If you like Esther Williams movies you will probably like this
29 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

She looked beautiful and youthful with her hair down, which happened infrequently in her movies, in an era when women wanted to look mature and sophisticated not young.

My feeling about Baby, It's Cold Outside is it was the comedic use of obviously phony arguments to underline the flirtatious ploy. They also didn't have family or neighbors to care if they stayed. (This certainly wasn't the first or last time a song was shoehorned into a movie, such as Easter Parade being sung in a rural setting in Holiday Inn when it is about NYC, or Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, but this is undeniably one of the odder examples of that.) It reminded me,though, that my favorite Esther Williams scenes were set in winter, on Mackinac Island in This Time for Keeps.

I enjoyed Red Skelton (who would have done well to learn Spanish!) and Betty Garrett. My eyes glazed over from disinterest when they weren't on. I loved some of Esther's clothes, though, especially the swimsuit and wrap in the teaching scene with Skelton. (Where we saw one of the strangest ways to knock a fellow out.) It seemed to me the Keenan Wynn character and the Skelton and Garrett characters didn't belong in the same movie. Wynn seemed like he would have fit a drama rather than a light comedy, such as Skelton and Garrett showing how NOT to mount a horse. (The stunt work in this movie deserves praise.) Wynn's character, narration, and background music struck me as being more appropriate for something dark, maybe a crime of passion. Williams and Montalban's characters were somewhere down the middle. The poor fellow really did "get the business" as was cruelly pointed out.

Swimming scenes always make me wonder how many times everyone had to dry off and reshoot.


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