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Flirtatious mermaid Miranda swaps places with a schoolteacher who has gone on holiday. All is well until she falls in love with a human.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Caroline Trewella / Miranda Trewella
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Jeff Saunders
Anne Crawford ...
Barbara Davenport
Margaret Rutherford ...
Nurse Carey
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Berengaria
Nicholas Phipps ...
Col. Barclay Sutton
Peter Martyn ...
Ronald Baker
Noel Purcell ...
Percy
Joan Hickson ...
Mrs. Forster
Judith Furse ...
Viola
Irene Handl ...
Mme. Blanche
David Hurst ...
Signor Mantalini
Martin Miller ...
Dr. Fergus
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Pawnbroker
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Gymnastics school teacher Caroline Trewella inherits a house on the Cornwall coast. In the basement/smuggler's cave, she discovers mermaid Miranda. The young women share a common ancestor and are remarkably alike in looks. While Caroline is away on a bicycling tour, Miranda has fun taking her place on land. With the help of her friend Nurse Carey, Miranda feigns an injury that keeps her wheelchair-bound... or more often needing to be carried by a man. And the ever flirtatious Miranda certainly knows how to attract all the men of the village! Written by L. Hamre

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An amiable follow-up to the mermaid film "Miranda"
24 May 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Miranda is a nice mermaid who speaks perfect English. She meets up with a human who is her exact double. Apparently a distant relative had "relations" with a mermaid and this supposedly accounts for them looking 100% the same (a plot element only seen in movies and "The Patty Duke Show"). This nice mermaid and her nice counterpart decide to let Miranda pose as the other lady for a fortnight--during which time Miranda chases after men with wild abandon.

I am not a huge fan of the first mermaid film starring Ms. Johns (MIRANDA), though it was an amiable time-passer. Oddly, despite it being a very "small" film, a few people on IMDb gave it a score of 10, though I notice that the scores for this follow-up film, MAD ABOUT MEN, were not so inflated. This is really odd as both films are very similar and it's really a coin toss to decide which is the better picture. Interestingly enough, this sequel came 8 years after the original film. Also, while I have not seen it, apparently Ms. Johns made a brief cameo appearance as the mermaid in another film (HELTER SKELTER). So, overall, the film is charming and worth a look--just don't expect magic.


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