Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)

Director
Mervyn LeRoy

Main cast
Esther Williams; Victor Mature; Walter Pidgeon; David Brian

Genres
Drama, Romance

Description
Biopic of Australian swimming champ and entertainer Annette Kellerman. After overcoming polio, Kellerman achieves fame and creates a scandal when her one-piece bathing suit is considered indecent.


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