Neptune’s Daughter 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.
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”…so stay indoors and watch this wacky comedy-musical…
Neptune’s Daughter Esther Williams had some fairly amusing comedies in the ’40s that had her jumping into a pool every so often to keep her “Million Dollar Mermaid” label intact. She not only swims here, but joins in the fun and even lends herself to a funny rendition of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with Ricardo Montalban while Red Skelton is doing his own version of the song with Betty Garrett. It’s a wacky bit of fun about Red being mistaken for a polo player. He has some wild slapstick scenes–one of which has him joining a bevy of bathing beauties as he attempts to fit into a water ballet (reminiscent of his hijinks in “Bathing Beauty”). His partner in fun is Betty Garrett who delivers her own special brand of comedy with no strain at all.
Ricardo Montalban is an excellent foil for Esther’s romantic scenes as the wealthy polo player. The blurb on the video jacket offers a quote from the N.Y. Times: “The most entertaining of all the aquatic spectacles in which Esther Williams has starred.”