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Neptune’s Daughter (1949)
June 25, 2011, 11:50 pm
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Director: Edward Buzzell

An insufferable Esther Williams vehicle only notable for Frank Loesser’s “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, Neptune’s Daughter is a poorly-aged debacle lazily directed by Edward Buzzell. Though I’ve only scratched the surface of her body of work, Williams appears to have little comic talent on screen – while she is formidable in dramatic roles such as Million Dollar Mermaid, here she is absolutely humorless in what is otherwise a live-action cartoon. The picture displays the studio system at it’s lousiest – it is hardly coherent, with a polo scene late in the film rife with stylistically unmotivated jump cuts. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is so helplessly out of context that the scene becomes funny for all of the wrong reasons (in the same scene, Montalban refers to the warmth of the room, not to mention the fact that swimming suits are the attire of choice throughout the bulk of the picture). Even with a lousy Williams vehicle you might expect a redeeming spectacle or two, however the lengthiest of which is entirely missable and occurs just before the end credits roll.

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