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Release Date:
15 May 1948 (USA) See more »
Tarzan at His Best ! See more »
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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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)

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 (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Jack Draper (photography)
Art Direction by
McClure Capps 
Costume Design by
Norma Koch (costumes) (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
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)
Crew verified as complete

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

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The last appearance of 'Johnny Wiessmueller' as Tarzan.See more »
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:
Fairwell, Fair MermaidSee more »


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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Weissmuller's Swansong as Tarzan Cheesy, But..., 22 October 2003
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

Johnny Weissmuller's final film as 'King of the Jungle', after 16 years in the role, TARZAN AND THE MERMAIDS, is bound to disappoint all but the most ardent of his fans. At 44, the ex-Olympian, one of Hollywood's most active 'party animals', was long past the slim athleticism of his youth, and looked tired (although he was in marginally better condition than in his previous entry, TARZAN AND THE HUNTRESS).

Not only had Weissmuller gotten too old for his role; Johnny Sheffield, the quintessential 'Boy', had grown to manhood (he was a strapping 17-year old), so he was written out of the script, under the pretext of being 'away at school'. Brenda Joyce, at 35, was appearing in her fourth of five films as 'Jane' (she would provide the transition when Lex Barker became the new Tarzan, in 1949's TARZAN'S MAGIC FOUNTAIN) and was still as wholesomely sexy as ever.

Produced by Sol Lesser, at RKO, on a minuscule budget, the cast and crew took advantage of cheaper labor by filming in Mexico. While the location gave a decidedly Hispanic air to what was supposedly darkest Africa, veteran director Robert Florey utilized the country extensively, incorporating cliff diving and an Aztec temple into the story.

When a young island girl (Tyrone Power's future bride, Linda Christian) is rescued in a jungle river by Tarzan, he learns that a local high priest (George Zucco, one of filmdom's most enduring villains) had virtually enslaved the local population, threatening retribution from a living 'God' if they don't do his bidding. The girl had been chosen to become the 'God's' bride, so she fled. Faster than you can say 'Is this a dumb plot or WHAT?', the girl is kidnapped by the priest's henchmen and returned to the island, and Tarzan, followed by Jane, colorful Spanish character 'Benjy' (charmingly played by John Laurenz, who sings several tunes), and a government commissioner are off to take on the Deity and his priest (poor Cheeta is left behind). After a series of discoveries (the 'God' is simply a con man in an Aztec mask, working with the priest in milking the island's rich pearl beds), a bit of brawling action, and comic relief and songs by Benjy, everything reaches the expected happy conclusion.

Remarkably, TARZAN AND THE MERMAIDS features a musical score by the brilliant film composer, Dimitri Tiomkin, and is far better than what you'd expect from this 'B' movie!

While the film would provide a less-than-auspicious end to Weissmuller's time in Tarzan's loincloth (he would immediately go on to play Jungle Jim, a more eloquent variation of the Ape Man, in khakis), the talent involved lifted the overall product at least a little above the total mess it could have been.

Tarzan was about to get a make over, and become much sexier...

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