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Director:
Writers:
Carroll Young (original story)
Carroll Young (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 May 1948 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Tarzan at His Best ! See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Johnny Weissmuller ... Tarzan
Brenda Joyce ... Jane
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

Linda Christian ... Mara
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Silvia Derbez ... Aquitanian (uncredited)
Salvador Godínez ... Aquitanian (uncredited)
Magda Guzmán ... Aquitanian (uncredited)
Ana Luisa Peluffo ... Aquitanian (uncredited)
Lilia Prado ... Aquitanian (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert Florey 
 
Writing credits
Carroll Young (original story)

Carroll Young (screenplay)

Edgar Rice Burroughs (based upon characters created by)

Albert DePina  uncredited

Produced by
Sol Lesser .... producer
Joseph Noriega .... associate producer (as Joe Noriega)
Julian Lesser .... assistant producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Draper 
 
Art Direction by
McClure Capps 
 
Costume Design by
Norma Koch  (as Norma)
 
Production Management
Antonio Guerrero Tello .... associate production manager
Ray Heinz .... production manager
John Mari .... associate production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Briskin .... assistant director
Jaime Contreras .... associate assistant director
Moisés Delgado .... associate assistant director (as Moises Delgado)
 
Art Department
Gunther Gerszo .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
James L. Fields .... sound supervisor (as James Fields)
Rafael Ruiz Esparza .... associate sound mixer
 
Stunts
Ángel García .... stunt double: Johnny Weissmuller (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gabriel Figueroa .... associate photographer
Raúl Martínez Solares .... associate photographer
 
Editorial Department
John Sheets .... associate editor
Merrill G. White .... supervising editor (as Merrill White)
 
Music Department
Dimitri Tiomkin .... musical director
 
Other crew
Miguel M. Delgado .... associate director
Bob Larson .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and the Mermaids" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
68 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:S | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #12894) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Followed by Tarzan's Hidden Jungle (1955)See more »
Soundtrack:
Oh, Most Beautiful MermaidSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Weissmuller Does A High Dive, 25 June 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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