Neptune's Daughter (1949) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Edward Buzzell and produced by Jack Cummings.
Academy Awards 1949 --- Ceremony Number 22 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Music - Song||Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser||Won|
Neptune's Daughter (1949).By Dawn Sample on Oct 14, 2012 From Noir and Chick Flicks
Neptune's Daughter (1949). Musical/ romantic/ comedy Cast: Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Ricardo Montalb?n, Betty Garrett, Keenan Wynn, Xavier Cugat and Mel Blanc. Directer: Edward Buzzell. Features the Academy Award winning song Baby, It's Cold Outside by Frank Loesser. Neptune's Daughter was the t... Read full article
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When Frank Loesser's "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, other songwriters protested because Loesser had originally written it in 1944 as a duet for himself and his wife to sing at parties, and they argued that it should not therefore be counted as an "original" song. But the Academy ruled that since the song had never been performed PROFESSIONALLY before it appeared in the film, it was therefore eligible, and it went on to win the award.
A specially built, one-of-a-kind piano had been used during the early filming, but halfway through production it mysteriously disappeared from the set. Metro boss Louis B. Mayer was very upset at the lack of security and the increased production costs this would mean. Red Skelton told the studio head that he had an identical piano at home and would be willing to rent it to the studio. Mayer didn't believe him until Skelton drove him to his apartment to see it. An ecstatic Mayer offered $50 per diem for its use, but Red held out for $1000 a day. Faced with the prospect of keeping production waiting while a new one was built to order or reshooting the earlier scenes, Mayer capitulated. It never occurred to him that Skelton had stolen it with the aid of stagehands with whom he split the money.
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