This is a gaudy, conventional biopic based on the career of Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman, appropriately tagged 'Million Dollar Mermaid'.

This is a gaudy, conventional biopic based on the career of Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman, appropriately tagged ‘Million Dollar Mermaid’.

Toppers of the flashy acquatics are the fountain and smoke numbers, imaginatively staged by Busby Berkeley and boldly splashed with Technicolor hues. The old New York Hippodrome is recreated for the production numbers, which include a brief ballet by Maria Tallchief as Pavlova.

Film opens with Kellerman (Esther Williams) as a crippled child in Australia who heals her legs in taking up swimming. After becoming amateur champ Down Under, she heads for London with her musician father (Walter Pidgeon), attracts the attention of Victor Mature, a sports promoter, who brings her to America.

1952: Nomination: Best Color Cinematography

Million Dollar Mermaid

Production

M-G-M. Director Mervyn LeRoy; Producer Arthur Hornblow Jr; Screenplay Everett Freeman; Camera George J. Folsey; Editor John McSweeney Jr; Music Adolph Deutsch (dir.); Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1952. Running time: 115 MIN.

With

Esther Williams Victor Mature Walter Pidgeon David Brian Donna Corcoran Jesse White
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