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Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948)

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Boy is away at school in England. The high priest is trying to force a young girl to marry an evil pearl trader posing as the god Balu. She escapes, is recaptured and is finally rescued by ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Brenda Joyce ...
George Zucco ...
Palanth, the High Priest
Andrea Palma ...
Luana, Mara's Mother
Fernando Wagner ...
Varga, Pearl Trader
Edward Ashley ...
Commissioner
John Laurenz ...
Benji
Gustavo Rojo ...
Tiko, Mara's Fiancé
Matthew Boulton ...
British Inspector-General
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Mara
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Storyline

Boy is away at school in England. The high priest is trying to force a young girl to marry an evil pearl trader posing as the god Balu. She escapes, is recaptured and is finally rescued by Tarzan and Jane who reunite her with her chosen fiance. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Tarzan at His Best ! See more »


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15 May 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and the Mermaids  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Johnny Weissmuller's stunt double Ángel García allegedly was killed while performing the famous cliff dive into the ocean at Acapulco, Mexico. Local authorities rejected this claim as Hollywood publicity. Another source said Garcia survived the fall but died when the surf slammed him into the rocks. John Laurenz, who played the singing postman Benji, never made mention of any such incident in his popular radio program or in his article on the filming of this movie. No newspaper articles (Mexico, Hollywood or otherwise) from that time have been revealed noting the event. See more »

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Tarzan wears shoes in this movie, and the shoes have the ability to appear and disappear between shots. When he goes after Mara and her kidnappers, he has on what appear to be sandals. During the times he is in the cave, the shoes appear and disappear. Later on, when Tarzan is attacked by an octopus, he has no shoes on, and after he kills it, the shoes are back on his feet. See more »

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Followed by Tarzan and the She-Devil (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Taking a Letter to My Friend, Tarzan
(uncredited)
Written by Sir Lancelot
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Weissmuller Does A High Dive
25 June 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Watching Tarzan And The Mermaids I was thinking this looks a whole lot like Acapulco rather than Africa. Even the 'natives' look Latino. And sure enough I found that RKO had shot a good deal of this in Acapulco. It was good for Johnny Weissmuller because in this film more than most of the Tarzan films he got to do what he did best, swim and dive.

Wherever Tarzan was from exactly in Africa in the Forties he kept running into more Africans who weren't black than those who were. In this film he's found himself a culture who worships the God, Baloo. Baloo in fact is a pearl trader Fernando Wagner who puts on a Baloo suit and with high priest George Zucco keeps the natives in line. Wagner wants pearls, but Zucco's got an eye for Linda Christian and Baloo says to her to marry with Zucco. But she likes Gustavo Rojo and in the end Tarzan has to straighten everyone out in his usual manner.

Brenda Joyce was Jane again, but Johnny Sheffield as Boy had departed the series going off to England for a neglected education. God only knows what that was like for the kid in an English public school. But Sheffield at least managed to miss some of the nonsense rampant in Tarzan And The Mermaids.

Don't get me wrong, it's great fun if you don't take it seriously.


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