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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.

Director:

Edward Buzzell

Writers:

Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay), Ray Singer (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Esther Williams ... Eve Barrett
Red Skelton ... Jack Spratt
Ricardo Montalban ... José O'Rourke
Betty Garrett ... Betty Barrett
Keenan Wynn ... Joe Backett
Xavier Cugat ... Xavier Cugat
Ted de Corsia ... Lukie Luzette
Mike Mazurki ... Mac Mozolla
Mel Blanc ... Pancho
George Mann George Mann ... Tall Wrangler
Frank Mitchell ... Little Wrangler
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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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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neptune's Daughter See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This features a rare on-camera appearance by legendary voice actor Mel Blanc. He speaks in a Mexican accent close to the Speedy Gonzales voice he would begin using four years later for Warner Bros. cartoons. See more »

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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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Soundtracks

On a Slow Boat to China
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed as instrumental scoring for bathing suit fashion sequence
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Bright and funny
3 September 2007 | by haddockSee all my reviews

I am astonished about the low rating of this movie! There are of course many musicals which are boring and this one - I admit - does not feature very much. No great songs (despite "Baby it's cold outside - Oscar!), no great dancing and absolutely no great acting. But there is something to make the film special: The comedic timing is perfectly, the gags drop fluently. The supporting roles are fantastic: Red Skelton at his best and the absolutely wonderful Betty Garrett to team him (they should have made more movies!). Xavier Cugat and his orchestra play enthusiastic samba rhythms, the decoration of the picture is bright and joyful! There is no single boring moment, the whole film is like a short trip to the Caribbean sea with a fancy cocktail in your hand!


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