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Neptune's Daughter (1914 film)

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Neptune's Daughter
Neptune's Daughter 1914 poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byHerbert Brenon
Written byLeslie T. Peacocke
StarringAnnette Kellerman
CinematographyAndré Barlatier (French Wikipedia)
Distributed byUniversal Film Manufacturing Company
Release date
April 25, 1914 (1914-04-25)
Running time
7 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Budgetapproximately $50,000
Box office$1 million
Annette Kellerman in the film.
Annette Kellerman in the film.

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 Bermuda[1] in January and February,[2] cost approximately $50,000,[1] and grossed one million dollars at the box office.[1]


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".[3]

The film received renewed interest after 1916 when the popular A Daughter of the Gods was released, which also starred Kellerman and included a brief nudity scene.[4]


One reel of Neptune's Daughter footage is currently held in two archives, the National Film and Sound Archive and Gosfilmofond of Russia.[5][6][7]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Neptune's Daughter". Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  2. ^ Holston, Kim R. (December 18, 2012). Movie Roadshows: A History and Filmography of Reserved-Seat Limited Showings, 1911-1973. McFarland. pp. 14–15. ISBN 9780786492619. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Neptune's Daughter". Moving Picture World. May 9, 1914. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  4. ^ "Sol Lesser and Leon Netter Acquire Rights to Big Film for Their Pennsylvania Territory". Motion Picture News. New York City: Motion Picture News, Inc. 14 (18): 2844. 4 November 1916. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  5. ^ "These films left a lasting impression. . ".
  6. ^ Neptune's Daughter at; Lost Films Wanted(Wayback Machine)
  7. ^ Neptune's Daughter at American Silent Feature Film Survival Database

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