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Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)

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 »

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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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Col. 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 ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

A Sereia dos Meus Sonhos  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 6, 1948 with William Powell reprising his film role. 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 Charmer
30 July 1998 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

This film was passed over by the critics when it came out. Many of them perceived it as empty and without humor.

The film is actually both funny and touching. It depicts the desire of Mr. Peabody to find that he is still alive and has a reason for living. The enchantment which the beautiful young mermaid brings to him fulfills this desire. She affirms that he is still a man who can be loved and needed.

If you wish to be charmed not only by the lovely little mermaid but also by an interesting psychological study of aging and life itself, see this film. And you will also end up believing in mermaids -- as I do.


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