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Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 15 May 1948 (USA)
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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Palanth - The High Priest
Andrea Palma ...
Luana - Mara's Mother
Fernando Wagner ...
Varga - Pearl Trader
Edward Ashley ...
Commissioner
John Laurenz ...
Benji
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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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SCORES OF AQUA-CUTIES...SLAVES TO A VILLAINIOUS IDOL'S WILL! (original poster-all caps) 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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Sound Mix:

(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 any mention of this alleged tragedy.. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Palanth, the High Priest: If my people knew anyone posed as Balu, they would destroy him.
Tarzan: If people know Balu a man, they destroy you.
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Connections

Followed by Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, Most Beautiful Mermaid
(uncredited)
Written by Sir Lancelot
Played on guitar and Sung by John Laurenz
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A light-hearted Tarzan Adventure
10 June 2006 | by (Myanmar) – See all my reviews

The vine swinging here is pretty good and the background music better than even some of the so called better Tarzan films involving higher expense. Within the budget constraints that this film was produced - and I don't believe Weissmuller was paid anywhere like handsomely- this is a Tarzan film with light-hearted humor with some very unexpected but entertaining swimming and diving scenes with a dash of adventure . I particularly find the fight with the octopus refreshingly good and rather picturesque and reminds one of Hogarth's drawings of Tarzan fighting an octopus in once famous comic series. The difficult under-water scenes are done very well particularly the scene in which Tarzan battles his many youthful enemies with great swimming skill and craft: he appears agile, strong and a champion in the water that he was. He does quite a bit of rigorous cliff climbing like a mountain lion looking very fit and lion-like and diving into the water here again he appears strong and agile.The grand finale in which he hurled the impostor "Balu" from a high cliff is quite impressive. When his adversaries invaded his "estate" he defended his house and home like a true jungle lord ,throwing some over his head and punching others away as if the were toys! I appreciate Weissmuller's self confidence in asking for a "raise" for the continuation of the Tarzan contract which was terminated with the lame excuse that he was out of shape. More than a dozen or so Jungle Jim adventure films in which Weismuller now "fully clothed" did a bit of vine swinging ,a lot of swimming,diving and fought lions,leopards and tigers showed that Weissmuller could get back into shape again and was fit and strong enough to carry on for a few more years as the one and only Tarzan if only he was given a fair chance.


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