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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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Follow-up to "Miranda" is showcase for Glynis Johns...
21 May 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I never saw MIRANDA but this is a lively sequel to that film with GLYNIS JOHNS again playing the saucy mermaid with her usual charm.

Glynis is a flirtatious mermaid who takes the place of a schoolteacher for a couple of weeks, determined to find a better husband for her than the stuffy fiancé she's engaged to. They resemble each other greatly because, as "Miranda" describes it, they're both descended from the mermaid side of the family.

It's utter nonsense, played to the hilt by a cast intent on making it reasonably funny but only partly succeeding.

MARGARET RUTHERFORD overplays the role of a dotty nurse who looks after the mermaid and is in her element in over-the-top fantasy farce. DONALD SINDEN is a wealthy man Miranda has her eyes on as a possible husband for the schoolteacher.

It's filmed in garish looking color (unusual for a British film which usually featured muted color), but the charm begins to wear off fairly early as the plot gets sillier and sillier.

Summing up: Mermaid comedies are not my cup of tea and this one is sillier than most, especially when the mermaid's inability to walk is compensated by some weak plot contrivances which has her being carried around by the men with her mermaid tail barely concealed under a thin blanket.

Trivia note: Interesting to see JOAN HICKSON as the owner of a lodge, long before she became Jane Marple for British TV.


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