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Million Dollar Mermaid

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Produced by Arthur Hornblow, Jr.
Written by Everett Freeman
Starring Esther Williams
Victor Mature
Walter Pidgeon
Music by Alexander Courage (orchestrator)
Adolph Deutsch (conductor & music score)
Cinematography George J. Folsey
Editing by John McSweeney, Jr.
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) December 4, 1952 (1952-12-04)
Running time 115 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Million Dollar Mermaid (also known as The One Piece Bathing Suit - UK) is a 1952 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer biographical musical film of the life of Australian swimming star Annette Kellerman. It was directed by Mervyn LeRoy and produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr. from a screenplay by Everett Freeman. The music score was by Adolph Deutsch, the cinematography by George J. Folsey and the choreography by Busby Berkeley.

George J. Folsey received a 1953 Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography, Color.

The film stars Esther Williams, Victor Mature, and Walter Pidgeon, with David Brian and Donna Corcoran.



The title

"Million Dollar Mermaid" not only became Esther Williams' nickname around Hollywood, but it became the title of her autobiography (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1999), co-written with Digby Diehl. Williams has often called this her favorite film. [1]



Home media

On October 6, 2009, Turner Entertainment released Million Dollar Mermaid on DVD as part of the Esther Williams Spotlight Collection, Volume 2. The 6 disc set was a follow up to the company's Esther Williams Spotlight Collection, Volume 1, and contains digitally remastered versions of several of Williams's films including Thrill of a Romance (1945), Fiesta (1947), This Time for Keeps (1947), Pagan Love Song (1950) and Easy to Love (1953). [2]


  1. ^ The Million Dollar Mermaid: An Autobiography, By Esther Williams, Digby Diehl, Published by Harcourt Trade, 2000, ISBN 0156011352, 9780156011358
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