A young artist dreams of romancing Neptune's daughter, Undine, who, as a result, must pay the price of taking human form.



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Cast overview:
Charles Fleming, an Artist
Helen, Walter's Sweetheart
Father Neptune
William Walters ...
Father McCabe


While walking along the rocky seashore with his sweetheart, Charles Fleming, an artist, hears a weird, strange musical sound coming from the water below and pauses to listen. His sweetheart's scarf now blows away and he clambers down to get it. Frightened by his approach Undine, a beautiful mermaid, who has been sunning herself on the rocks, slips out of sight into the waves, but not before Fleming catches sight of her and follows her course through the water with astonishment and admiration. Determined to meet her he returns the next morning and finds her on the rocks. Wooing her with all the fire of his passionate soul he secures her promise to assume a mortal form and wed him. Father Neptune is now summoned from the deep, but warns Undine that if she assumes mortal form she can return to her old life no more. At dawn the artist returns and finds her waiting for him as a beautiful girl. After the marriage the honeymoon in the cottage by the sea begins, but the artist soon tires of ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Fantasy | Romance | Short





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17 September 1912 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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There always will be something unnatural in mermaids and gods in motion pictures
5 February 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

An artist (Francis X. Bushman) painting near the shore falls asleep and has a dream, which is the story of the picture. There are two girls in the dream; one is a human sweetheart, one is a mermaid, Neptune's daughter, played by Martha Russell. There always will be something unnatural in mermaids and gods in motion pictures; but in a fantasy such as this they become acceptable even while very unconvincing. Miss Russell gives character to the picture by her interpretation of the sea-maiden turned human and out of water. The natural ending is for her to go back to it and drown. It is set near a rocky shore and gives views of waves breaking quietly. A fair offering. - The Moving Picture World, September 28, 1912

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