A young married physician discovers a mermaid, and gives into her request to be taken to see London. Comedy and romantic entanglements ensue soon after.



(screenplay), (play) | 1 more credit »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mad About Men (1954)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Flirtatious mermaid Miranda swaps places with a schoolteacher who has gone on holiday. All is well until she falls in love with a human.

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Glynis Johns, Donald Sinden, Anne Crawford
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

As told to a psychiatrist: Mr. Peabody, middle-aged Bostonian on vacation with his wife in the Caribbean, hears mysterious, wordless singing on an uninhabited rock in the bay. Fishing in ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Pichel
Stars: William Powell, Ann Blyth, Irene Hervey
Comedy | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

While Lady Christabel Beauclark, a bird fancier, is scurrying about demanding certain territorial rights for British birds from other countries, Her Ladyship's niece is falling in love with... See full summary »

Director: Harold French
Stars: Michael Wilding, Margaret Rutherford, Penelope Dudley-Ward
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of courtesan and dance-hall girl Emma Hamilton, including her relationships with Sir William Hamilton and Admiral Horatio Nelson and her rise and fall, set during the Napoleonic Wars.

Director: Alexander Korda
Stars: Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Alan Mowbray
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Hijinks and chills ensue when a group of people become stranded at an isolated station and a legendary phantom train approaches.

Director: Walter Forde
Stars: Arthur Askey, Richard Murdoch, Kathleen Harrison
Mermaids (TV Movie 2003)
Action | Crime | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Mermaid sisters hunt down their father's human killer... and deal with their own personal relationships with the humans.

Director: Ian Barry
Stars: Serah D'Laine, Nikita Ager, Erika Heynatz
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Biopic of RAF Group Captain Douglas Bader who, after having lost both legs, flew a British fighter plane during WW2.

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Kenneth More, Muriel Pavlow, Lyndon Brook
Night Tide (1961)
Fantasy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

On leave in a shore side town, Johnny becomes interested in a young dark haired woman. They meet and he learns that she plays a mermaid in the local carnival. After strange occurrences, ... See full summary »

Director: Curtis Harrington
Stars: Dennis Hopper, Linda Lawson, Gavin Muir
The Promoter (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A charming and ambitious young man finds many ways to raise himself through the ranks in business and social standing- some honest, some not quite so. If he can just manage to avoid a ... See full summary »

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Alec Guinness, Glynis Johns, Valerie Hobson
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An aeronautical engineer predicts that a new model of plane will fail catastrophically and in a novel manner after a specific number flying hours.

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Glynis Johns
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Marriage broker Mae Swasey, who somewhat cynically arranges her loser clients' affairs, meets model Kitty Bennett and can't resist meddling in her life, by disentangling her from a married ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Jeanne Crain, Thelma Ritter, Scott Brady
The Girl Most Likely to... (TV Movie 1973)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An ugly girl undergoes plastic surgery and becomes beautiful. She then takes revenge on all the people who mistreated her when she was ugly.

Director: Lee Philips
Stars: Stockard Channing, Edward Asner, Jim Backus


Complete credited cast:
Yvonne Owen ...
Sonia Holm ...
Brian Oulton ...
Lyn Evans ...
Inn Landlord
Stringer Davis ...
Museum Attendant
Hal Osmond ...
Railway Carman
Maurice Denham ...
Cockle Vendor


A young married physician out on a fishing holiday ends up being saved by a mermaid, who intends to keep him her prisoner. She then offers to release him if he will take her to see London, which leads to a number of humorous and romantic entanglements as the mermaid entices several unmarried men who live near the physician and his wife. Written by Michael Howe

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

24 May 1948 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Amores de sirena  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The song Miranda sings at the opera is the "Drinking Song" from the Giuseppe Verdi opera "La Traviata". See more »


Paul is pulled into the sea by Miranda and comes to in an underwater cave. His trousers are rolled up to above the knee and he has a white shirt. He dives into the water to try and escape then gets out. His trousers are now unrolled and his shirt is dark then a few moments later they're back as they were See more »

Crazy Credits

As the mermaid's tail disappears below the waves, the credit reads "FIN" See more »


Referenced in Red Dwarf: Better Than Life (1988) See more »


Yankee Doodle
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

a winning fantasy/comedy
18 January 2007 | by (Brewster, NY) – See all my reviews

While out fishing, Dr. Paul Martin is himself caught by a mermaid by the name of Miranda. She brings him to her undersea cave, agreeing to release him only in exchange for a trip to London as his "patient". It is made clear early on that Miranda and men find each other irresistible, and she quickly adds the chauffeur and the fiancé of Paul's neighbor to her list of conquests. This causes more than a little consternation among their respective women, whose pity turns to jealous anger over their eagerness to carry and otherwise indulge the wheelchair-bound Miranda. Since Miranda sleeps in a tub of cold water at night, and her diet consists almost exclusively of raw fish, it's only a matter of time before her secret is revealed (one hilarious clue is that she treats the goldfish bowl as sort of a candy dish). Glynis Johns is utterly charming as Miranda, and Googie Withers is excellent as Paul's ultimately understanding wife. Despite the improbable premise, one can't help but be drawn into this very funny film. And don't miss the scene at the very end, which may leave more questions asked than answered.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Who was the father? The Colourful Jester
where can I buy this movie ? Lindafromoz
Is Miranda available on DVD? nick-rintoul
3rd Miranda Movie? becca1169
Miranda - Anyone love the sequel too, Mad About Men? mcannady1
Discuss Miranda (1948) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: