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Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)

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Biopic of Australian swimming champ and entertainer Annette Kellerman. After overcoming polio, Kellerman achieves fame and creates a scandal when her one-piece bathing suit is considered indecent.

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Annette Kellerman
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James Sullivan
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Frederick Kellerman
David Brian ...
Alfred Harper
Donna Corcoran ...
Annette - 10 years old
Jesse White ...
Doc Cronnol
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Pavlova
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Aldrich
Charles Watts ...
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Wilton Graff ...
Garvey
Frank Ferguson ...
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James Bell ...
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James Flavin ...
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Million Dollar Mermaid tells the story of Australian swimming sensation Annette Kellerman, who overcame childhood polio to go on and achieve fame as a professional swimmer and film star in the early decades of the 20th century. At the same time, she scandalized the world by wearing a one-piece bathing suit on public beaches long before the style was accepted in polite company, and made waves in other ways as well. The story was a perfect vehicle decades later to showcase the star quality of Esther Williams in the 1950s, and Kellerman's moniker was picked up by Life Magazine when it named Ms. Williams the "Million Dollar Mermaid" herself. Written by Tedosan

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Inspired by the true story of bathing beauties! (Million Dollar Mermaid) See more »


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15 April 1953 (Japan)  »

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A Rainha do Mar  »

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The film that Annette Kellerman is making when she has an accident is titled Neptune's Daughter (1914). In 1949, Esther Williams would make a film with the same title. See more »

Goofs

Annette Kellerman (Esther Williams) tells the judge that her swimsuit "will cover the entire body except the *forearms* and the head." However, the swimsuit she exhibits in court and which she wears in the following scenes does not cover *any part of her arms*. See more »

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Let Me Call You Sweetheart
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Music by Leo Friedman
Lyrics by Beth Slater Whitson
Played during the opening credits
Sung by the patrons in the ship's lounge
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good for show
7 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

as has been stated, this movie definitely is not a good biography, but this is Hollywood. in truth Annette really was put on trial for her scandalous suit, though i wouldn't say she did it to be sexy. she did to be practical. and can you blame her? still, the water ballets are lovely, and they are especially special since the actress was a real synchronized swimmer who did it all herself, like how johnny Weissmuller does all of Tarzan's's water stuff(and everything else). parts are humorous, others not, but if you are looking for a classic this is a classic that most people don't know about. it is worth it to see a new classic, with that old charm. and, as has been said, the swimming scenes were fabulous. and the beginning, when Annette is a little girl, can just make you practically cry. when you come across stories such as these, it can be rather hard to pass them by.


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