NEPTUNE'S DAUGHTER, filmed in part on Santa Catalina Island, is a 1949 Technicolor musical comedy starring Esther Williams, Red Skelton and Ricardo Montalban. Williams’ character, Eve, is a model and swimming athlete who partners with a local business man to produce and sell a new line of swimsuits. When the South American Polo Team arrives in town, Eve’s sister plans to land a date with the team captain played by Montalban. Eve tries to protect her sister from heartbreak and the result is a comedic love story full of confusion and mistaken identity. The New York Times praised it as a “great big beautiful musical, full of slickness and Technicolor plush, models and Xavier Cugat rhythm and Esther Williams in a water ballet.”
The film also debuted the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Although not originally planned for this film, it ends up being a highlight of the production. It went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.