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Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 1948 (UK)
While on vacation in the Caribbean with his wife, a middle-aged man unexpectedly finds, and falls in love with, a mermaid.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mermaid
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Mrs. Polly Peabody
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Cathy Livingston
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Mike Fitzgerald
Art Smith ...
Dr. Harvey
Hugh French ...
Major Hadley
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Colonel Mandrake
Frederick Clarke ...
Basil (as Fred Clark)
James Logan ...
Lieutenant
Mary Field ...
Wee Shop Clerk
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Mother
Cynthia Corley ...
Nurse
Tom Stevenson ...
Waiter
Mary Somerville ...
Lady Trebshaw
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Storyline

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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Also Known As:

A Sereia dos Meus Sonhos  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In an article in "Look" magazine that came out at the time the film was released, Ann Blyth said that the hardest part of making the movie was trying to learn to swim whilst wearing the mermaid tail. She said that she practiced for more than a week before she felt comfortable with not being able to kick her legs to help her swim. See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

THE CARIBEES
by Robert Emmett Dolan and Johnny Mercer
Sung by Andrea King (uncredited)
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a minor gem

This little-known film is a delightfully whimsical fable about male menopause, although the term didn't exist when it was made. William Powell, unwilling to face the encroachment of old age, receives the gift of a visitation from an altogether fetching mermaid, who sparks the diminishing flames of his youthful ardor. Powell is simply wonderful in the role, as he is in anything, as Maltin so rightly observes. This is a charming, touching, and, in the end, poignant tale.


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