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Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Drama, Musical  |  15 April 1953 (Japan)
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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 ...
Frank Ferguson ...
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James Bell ...
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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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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 14, 1953 with Esther Williams and Walter Pidgeon reprising their film roles. 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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Glitzy style in place of a dramatic concept...
12 May 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

The idea of putting swimming starlet Esther Williams in a biography of champion Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman must have seemed like a can't-miss concept for a splashy matinée item which would pay-off no matter what the outcome. Unfortunately, the concept itself is underused, as Williams performs in a handful of extravagant water routines but does very little dramatic acting. Producer Arthur Hornblow Jr. and the requisite M-G-M brass do not appear to have any inspiration that goes beyond the standard glitz and glamor (the script being somewhat expendable). That's too bad, for Kellerman's life story had aspects of both high drama and nostalgic value (being the first woman to wear a one-piece swimsuit on America's shores!). Mervyn LeRoy's direction is quite capable, and Williams is amiable, however Busby Berkeley's lavish, gaudy production numbers are what most people end up remembering. **1/2 from ****


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