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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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José O'Rourke
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Betty Barrett
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Joe Backett
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Xavier Cugat
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Lukie Luzette
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Mac Mozolla
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Pancho
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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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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In a 1999 interview, Esther Williams recalled that she and Ricardo Montalban were originally supposed to sing Frank Loesser's song, "I'd Love to Get You (On a Slow Boat to China)" in this film. But MGM's censors rejected the song as too suggestive. (Strangely, they interpreted "get" as "have" in a sexual sense.) When Williams asked Loesser for a new song, he offered the now-classic, "Baby, It's Cold Outside." The MGM censors offered no objection to it, even though Williams thought the lyrics were even more suggestive than "Slow Boat To China". See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Featured in The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Swimming stunts, polo pony slapstick and mistaken identity...shameless, but it works
26 November 2015 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

MGM comedy-romance with music, filmed in Technicolor so glossy and bright it's practically edible, is a cute vehicle for swimming star Esther Williams, here playing a swimsuit designer and aquatic ballet swimmer (!) involved in a love/hate relationship with South American polo champion Ricardo Montalban. When she's trying to feign indifference or displeasure over someone's impertinence, Williams can get awfully pinchy and drab; thankfully, supporting players Betty Garrett, Red Skelton and, most especially, a relaxed Keenan Wynn give the picture a boost. Montalban manfully keeps up with Esther in the water (just barely), and works just as hard chasing her on land, though one may end up with the feeling that Wynn might be more sincere in his feelings towards her. Oscar winner for the sprightly song, "Baby, It's Cold Outside". ** from ****


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