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Mermaid
Irene Hervey ...
Mrs. Polly Peabody
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Cathy Livingston
Clinton Sundberg ...
Mike Fitzgerald
Art Smith ...
Dr. Harvey
Hugh French ...
Major Hadley
Lumsden Hare ...
Col. Mandrake
Frederick Clarke ...
Basil (as Fred Clark)
James Logan ...
Lieutenant
Mary Field ...
Wee Shop Clerk
Beatrice Roberts ...
Mother
Cynthia Corley ...
Nurse
Tom Stevenson ...
Charlie - Waiter
Mary Somerville ...
Lady Trebshaw
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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 the vicinity, he catches...a mermaid. He takes her home and, though she has no spoken language, falls in love with her. Of course, his wife won't believe that thing in the bathtub is anything but a large fish. Predictable complications follow in rather tame fashion. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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16 April 1949 (Sweden)  »

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A Sereia dos Meus Sonhos  »

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"Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid" was shooting near a set where Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) was filming. Tourists were shocked to see Glenn Strange's Frankenstein Monster having lunch with Ann Blyth in her fishtail costume. Both Strange and 'Lon Chaney Jr' in his Wolfman make-up were invited to the Mr. Peabody wrap party, where they hammed it up in make-up. See more »

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In the underwater fight scene, one shot shows that the fishtail costume had clearly separated from Lenore's back. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: William Powell (1961) See more »

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THE CARIBEES
by Robert Emmett Dolan and Johnny Mercer
Sung by Andrea King (uncredited)
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Better than 'Splash'
11 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Slightly bizarre little '40's comedy about a middle-aged married man's mid-life crisis solved by the discovery of a young mermaid while fishing in the Caribbean.

William Powell (The Thin Man series) carries the picture on his charm alone and Ann Blyth (Veda in Mildred Pierce) makes a very cute and seductive sea creature. Some droll set pieces -Peabody's attempt to purchase a swim top for his catch, the various encounters with the busy-body's who come to snoop- work quite nicely and Powell actually creates some genuine moments of heartfelt desire but it runs out of steam before long, turns dark, then ends with a thud.

Regardless, the film is a harmless little buried treasure and more than worth a look.


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