Neptune's Daughter

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"With a Great Cast of Stars! Bathing Beauties! Songs and Spectacle!"
  • NR
  • 1949
  • 1 hr 33 min
  • 6.3  (1,709)

Neptune's Daughter is a romantic comedy musical film released in 1949, directed by Edward Buzzell and produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). The film stars Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Ricardo Montalban, and Betty Garrett in lead roles. The movie revolves around the lives of the two couples, Eve Barrett (Esther Williams) and Joe Backett (Red Skelton) and Betty Barrett (Betty Garrett) and Carlos Ramírez (Ricardo Montalban), who encounter life-changing experiences during a vacation in the Aquacade Club of a swanky beach-side resort.

Eve Barrett is a swimmer, synchronized swimmer, and swimming coach, who manages her father's business, a bathing suit factory. She is known for her beauty and vivaciousness, making her popular among men. Joe Backett is a songwriter, who is trying to come up with a new song for the Aquacade Club while enjoying his leisure time at the resort.

Betty Barrett is Eve's younger sister, who is in love with Carlos Ramírez, a talented and handsome Argentine polo player, who has come to the resort to play in an exhibition game. Carlos, on the other hand, is enamored by Eve, who he thinks is the lead swimmer in the Aquacade show.

As the story progresses, Joe tries to woo Eve but struggles to find the right words to express his feelings for her. He ends up impersonating famous Latin lover Xavier Cugat and singing a song, "He Takes Me Off His Income Tax," which Eve finds amusing and falls in love with Joe's humor and wit.

Meanwhile, Betty is heartbroken to find out that Carlos is interested in her sister, and Carlos is equally dejected to learn that Eve is already in love with Joe. However, the two manage to reconcile and fall in love with each other after a series of amusing incidents and misunderstandings.

As the climax of the movie, the Aquacade Club's final show features Esther as Neptune, the Roman goddess of the sea, and Red as a sailor, who gets rescued by Esther in a dramatic scene in the water. The scene is the highlight of the movie and showcases Esther's synchronized swimming abilities, which were a signature of MGM's musicals of the 1940s and 1950s.

Neptune’s Daughter is a light-hearted, visually captivating, and enjoyable romantic comedy with a star-studded cast, memorable songs, and extravagant musical sequences. The film was a significant commercial and critical success, grossing over $3 million dollars in the box-office and receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for the song "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

Neptune's Daughter is a 1949 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 33 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3.

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    6.3  (1,709)