Cinema: The New Pictures, Dec. 15, 1952

Million Dollar Mermaid (MGM) is a splashy musical that casts Cinemermaid Esther Williams as Annette Kellerman, the foremost amphibian attraction of the early 1900s. The picture takes Annette, who is described as "half woman and half fish," from Sydney, Australia to London, where she makes a much publicized 26-mile swim down the Thames; then to the New York Hippodrome, where she is billed as a diving Venus in tank extravaganzas; and finally to Hollywood, where she is badly injured during the filming of an underwater picture. For romance, there is a conventional (and...

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