|Directed by||Herbert Brenon|
|Written by||Leslie T. Peacocke|
|Cinematography||André Barlatier (French Wikipedia)|
|Distributed by||Universal Film Manufacturing Company|
|April 25, 1914|
|Language||Silent film |
|Box office||$1 million|
Neptune's Daughter is a 1914 American silent fantasy film featuring the first collaboration between actress Annette Kellerman and director Herbert Brenon. It was based on Kellerman's idea of "a water fantasy movie with beautiful mermaids in King Neptune's garden together with a good love story." It was filmed by Universal on Bermudain January and February, cost approximately $50,000, and grossed one million dollars at the box office. One reel of film footage is currently held in two archives, National Film and Sound Archive and Gosfilmofond of Russia.
The daughter of King Neptune takes on human form to avenge the death of her young sister, who was caught in a fishing net. However, she falls in love with the king, the man she holds responsible.
George Blaisdell, writing for The Moving Picture World gave the film a positive review, noting that "There is a wealth of incident in 'Neptune's Daughter.' The story of intrigue at court is convincing and well portrayed. The transition of Annette from the dominions of Father Neptune to the world of mortals and vice versa is so skillfully treated that it seems the perfectly natural course of events".
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