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Neptune's Daughter

4.5 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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According to its opening voiceover, Neptune's Daughter is "a story about a guy, a girl, and a bathing suit." Oh, but it's so much more than that. Esther Williams plays Eve, a (surprise!) swimming champion who gives up her amateur status to design and model swimwear. She also plays chaperone to her boy-crazy sister Betty, who is determined to meet Jose (Ricardo Montalban), the captain of the visiting South American polo team--only instead she mistakenly meets amiable masseur Red Skelton, who she thinks is Jose, and meanwhile... well, it's best not to think about the plot. It'll just make your head hurt and it's really not the point, is it? The point is a charming romance between Williams and Montalban; the music, including the Oscar-winning "Baby, It's Cold Outside"; and Xavier Cugat and his orchestra playing the kind of song-and-dance numbers that seem to require a wind machine inside the nightclub. And just when you think the movie is going to end without a hilariously elaborate water ballet number, Esther comes through for you.

Product Details

  • Actors: Esther Williams, Red Skelton
  • Directors: Edward Buzzell
  • Format: Import, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Region: All Regions
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001OIO2TC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,771 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By A Customer on December 2, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Ester Williams gives a classic performance here with the help of her supporting cast. Romantically sweet and wholesome it is an example of what moives should be. Neptune's Daughter is a great mix of comedy and romance with songs like "Baby, It's cold outside". The perfect movie to watch curled up in front of the fireplace with someone special. Absolutely one of my favorites!
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This is one of the best Esther Williams that I had seen as a child and I still love watching it today. It is not your usual romantic boy meets girl type of movie but there are a lot of laughs thanks to Red Skelton! The swim scenes are just great especially if you are a big fan of syncronize swimming
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By A Customer on August 17, 2002
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This is an all time favorite of mine. I have been looking for a copy of this movie for years. Very comical and just a wonderful movie. I believe it is a must see.
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By A Customer on November 7, 1999
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This is my favorite movie in the whole world! It's romantic, REALLY funny, the clothes and swimsuits are BEAUTIFUL, and it has the best happy ending.
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Neptune's Daughter is a farcical story of an Olympic swimmer named Eve who becomes a swimsuit designer. As a result of her beauty and talent in the pool, a businessman proposes that Eve join his swimsuit firm as head designer and model. Ester Williams as Eve plays the part of the 'trained seal' who designs the swimsuits. Her other charge is her little sister Betty, an unhappily unmarried woman determined to do just about anything to rectify her man-less situation. As we can see, poor Eve has her hands full. Not only is she a competent career woman, she must also baby-sit Betty as she throws herself at the South American polo team (appropriately coming to town for the North-South American polo match that month). Of course, the handsome man comes along (Josè, the captain of said polo team) and despite many silly mix-ups, all works out in the end: Eve and Betty both get married to their respective men and the world is set straight again.
The movie's premise is beyond hope: of course an amateur swimmer who looks good in bathing suits becomes an overworked businesswoman in need for some serious love. Her outfits and glasses show that as a career woman, she cannot possibly have any fun. Though her suits are sexy, Eve in the workplace is not. She is hard at work and, as demanded by her boss in a personal manner, puts her work first. Of course, this unnatural state of composure and (heaven forbid) power is obviously all wrong. She needs a man to revive her romantic and womanly personality (for surely she cannot be both romantic and dedicated to her profession). Though Josè is a seducer at best, this time his intentions are `honorable.' It being the 1940's, Eve must accept his proposal because she cannot be a true woman otherwise.
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This film is really good, and a real classic. There are some lovely swimming scenes with Esther, and plenty of romance, and comedy, provided by Red Skelton and Betty Garret. It's well worth seeing. Ricardo Montalban is perfect as the Latin lover, Esther's romantic lead.
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A truly great fun cast. Fantastic comedic timing just watch the movements in some of the scenes it's like watching a perfect dance routine. This is just a very fun movie and will leave you with laughs and a nice memory. Plus it has so many beautiful women and such a great job by the very funny Red Skelton and a wonderful job by Ricardo Montalban, Betty Garrett was priceless as was Mel Blanc and the very beautiful and talented Esther Williams and a cast of Beautiful women. Plus Keenan Wynn very good as well. A delightful movie and the instant video looks better then ever. highly recommend to all
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By A Customer on August 20, 1999
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If you like spontaneous singing, you'll love this. Red Skelton is hilarious, Ester Williams' dresses are amazing and who can pass up Ricardo Montelban as polo star. It's corny but that's what makes it a classic!
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