Art Deco Film Series. October 21st, 2008. 7:00 p.m. In the decade following World War II, the young swimmer (and Olympics hopeful) Esther Williams was featured in a series of films at MGM. These films incorporated spectacular water ballets choreographed by some of Hollywood's best, filmed in a water tank built specially for her films. Graceful, poised, and funny, Williams became an icon of post-war America.
Neptune's Daughter (1949) was directed by Edward Buzzell. The polo team's in town and so is the fun for Esther Williams, Ricardo Montalban, Red Skelton, and Betty Garrett. Eve Barrett (Williams) designs bathing suits in a stunning MiMo office, while being wooed by both Montalban and Skelton (who engages in some of his best physical comedy!) Neptune's Daughter includes songs by Frank Loesser and one of Esther's greatest splash-happy finales. 1949 Academy Award® winner for Best Song for Baby, It's Cold Outside. Free admission.
Miami Design Preservation League
Art Deco Education Center at Historic City Hall
1130 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139