🎥 Neptune’s Daughter – 1949
The Story …
Although she initially rejects an offer by Joe Backett to become his business partner at the Neptune swimming suit design company, aquatic ballet dancer Eve Barrett changes her mind when she considers the publicity potential of the job.
One day, Joe learns that a South American polo team will be playing a big match in town, and he and Eve begin planning a swimming spectacle for the event. Eve tells her man-crazy sister and roommate Betty about the South American team, and Betty immediately seizes upon the idea of finding herself a date among the players.
Meanwhile, Jose O’Rourke, the handsome playboy captain of the polo team, seeks relief for his injured arm from Jack Spratt, a bumbling masseur, who complains to Jose about his lack of success with women.
During the massage, Jose gives Jack advice on how to attract women, stressing the importance of speaking to women in Spanish, which he calls the “language of love.” Later, while looking for the famed South American team captain, Betty accidentally mistakes Jack for Jose.
Jack does not reveal his identity to Betty and accepts her invitation to visit her at her house.
On their date, Jack secretly plays a Spanish language instruction record while pretending that he is speaking romantic Spanish phrases to Betty. At the end of the evening, Betty tells Eve about her date, and Eve tries to dissuade her from pursuing a romance with any of the visiting polo players.
The following day, while giving a tour of the Neptune bathing suit factory, Eve meets Jose and warns him to stay away from her sister. Jose is confused by the warning but because he is attracted to Eve, he pretends to understand and agrees to break his presumed date with Betty. When Jose asks Eve to go on the date with him, she reluctantly consents and does so only to prevent him from pursuing her sister.
Despite her best attempts to make her date with Jose a failure, Eve finds him attractive and enjoys her evening. Confusion abounds the following day, when Eve’s maid, Matilda, tells her that Betty has gone on another date with Jose. Furious at the news, Eve goes to Jose’s apartment and demands to see her sister.
She searches Jose’s apartment to no avail and does not understand why Betty is not there. Later, when crooked nightclub owner Lukie Luzette learns that a man named Jose is the polo team’s most valuable player, he decides to kidnap Jose and keep him out of the game to ensure that his bet against his team will pay off.
Lukie sends one of his henchmen to abduct Jose, but the henchman mistakenly abducts Jack instead. Jose, meanwhile, proposes marriage to Eve, and she, having found no evidence of further wrongdoings, accepts.
However, just as Eve is about to tell Betty that she intends to marry Jose, Betty informs her that she and Jose are now engaged. When Jose shows up at Eve and Betty’s house, Eve, convinced that he has deceived her, shuts the door in his face.
Moments later, Jose is abducted by Lukie’s men and placed in captivity. Jack, meanwhile, manages to escape from his captors just as the big polo match begins.
Betty, who still believes that Jack is Jose, insists that he save his team from defeat and helps him mount a horse. While Jack inadvertently scores a victory for the South American team, the police find Jose and free him. Jose arrives at the polo field in time to accept the team’s trophy and to clear up Eve’s confusion.
Jack admits to Betty that he is an impostor, but she forgives him and assures him of her love and all ends happily as a double wedding is planned for both couples …
- Directed by : Edward Buzzell
- Screenplay by: Dorothy Kingsley and Ray Singer and Dick Chevillat
- Produced by : Jack Cummings
- Cinematography : Charles Rosher
- Edited by : Cotton Warburton
- Music by : Frank Loesser
- Production Company :’ Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer
- Distributed by : Loew’s Inc.
- Release Date : June 9, 1949
- Esther Williams as Eve Barrett
- Ricardo Montalbán as José O’Rourke
- Red Skelton as Jack Spratt
- Betty Garrett as Betty Barrett
- Keenan Wynn as Joe Backett
- Mel Blanc as Pancho
- Xavier Cugat as himself
- Ted de Corsia as Lukie Luzette
- Mike Mazurki as Mac Mozolla
- George Mann as Tall Wrangler
- Frank Mitchell as Little Wrangler
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