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Carroll Young (original story)
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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:
Stephen Berne ... Aquitanian (uncredited)
Silvia Derbez ... Aquitanian (uncredited)
Rogelio Fernández ... Aquitanian (uncredited)
Salvador Godínez ... Aquitanian (uncredited)
Georgina González ... Aquitanian (uncredited)
Magda Guzmán ... Aquitanian (uncredited)
Margarito Luna ... Aquitanian (uncredited)
Manuel Noriega ... Older Aquitanian (uncredited)
Ana Luisa Peluffo ... Aquitanian (uncredited)
Lilia Prado ... Aquitanian (uncredited)
Ángela Rodríguez ... Aquitanian (uncredited)
Armando Silvestre ... 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)
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Additional Details

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)

Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Skeppsholmen: Episode #2.5" (2003)See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Tarzan's Mexican Vacation, 30 July 2010
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Fed up with scientists, hunters, leopard women, Amazon warriors and Nazis ruining their peace and quiet, Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller) and Jane (Brenda Joyce) have upped sticks and moved to a riverfront property, where they hope to spend their days relaxing, fishing and enjoying a little privacy now that Boy has finally flown the coop (gone to school in England, apparently, although I reckon actor Johnny Sheffield saw the proposed plot for this film and ran a mile!).

This seemingly idyllic locale still has its drawbacks though: not only do the couple now have a really irritating new neighbour in the form of calypso-singing mail-man Benji (John Laurenz), but only a few short vine swings down the river, trouble is brewing in the taboo coastal realm of Aquatania, where a pair of wicked con artists (George Zucco and Fernando Wagner) are posing as living deity Balu to trick the locals out of a fortune in pearls. After giving refuge to a young Aquatican woman who has escaped from a forced marriage to the false god by swimming upriver, Tarzan decides that if he is ever going to get some well earned rest and relaxation (and judging by Weissmuller's haggard appearance, he really could do with some), he must first sort out the unrest in Aquatania (although personally I would begin by throttling Benji!).

The twelfth and final outing for Johnny Weismuller as Edgar Rice Burrough's ape-man, Tarzan and the Mermaids is easily the weakest of the whole series, with a star who looks like he's been partying way too hard between shooting (stubble and a paunch is not a great look), a poor script that favours musical numbers, lighthearted aquatic frolics, scenic panoramas over decent action and adventure, and a thoroughly unconvincing Mexican filming location (an Aztec temple, the unmistakable cliffs of Acupulco, and a supporting cast of Hispanic performers don't exactly give off that African vibe). Director Robert Florey's tepid direction does little to help matters, with even an attack by giant octopus proving to be a big disappointment.

Weissmuller enthusiasts will no doubt want to check out 'Mermaids' for the sake of completion, but be warned, this ain't a great way to end an era.

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