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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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George Zucco ...
Palanth - The High Priest
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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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15 May 1948 (USA)  »

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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 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

Follows Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, Most Beautiful Mermaid
(uncredited)
Written by Sir Lancelot
Played on guitar and Sung by John Laurenz
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Tarzan takes a vacation
7 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

The filmmakers behind Tarzan and the Mermaids seem to have been more interested in making a travel/beach movie than another traditional Tarzan picture. There just isn't as much action this time around. There's some wonderful swimming in this one though. Tarzan makes a spectacular dive off a very high cliff. Brenda Joyce and Weissmuller are very charming. George Zucco makes a great villain. The "God" that Tarzan must confront can be rather creepy. The film's soundtrack is certainly elaborate. The scenery is very nice. Cheetah delivers some fun gags. There's a giant octopus too! All of these keep things moving along, but it's still pretty mellow for a Weissmuller Tarzan movie. The movie even has several songs in it! I think they should have called this one "Tarzan Takes A Vacation". It's different, but certainly not bad. It's a good "chill out" movie to enjoy with a cold beverage after a stressful day. It works very well that way.


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