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Johnny Drake
Linda Lawson ...
Mora
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Ellen Sands
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Madame Romanovitch
Tom Dillon ...
Merry-Go-Round Operator (Ellen's Grandfather)
H.E. West ...
Lt. Henderson
Ben Roseman ...
Bruno
Marjorie Cameron ...
Water Witch (as Cameron)
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On leave in a shore side town, Johnny becomes interested in a young dark haired woman. They meet and he learns that she plays a mermaid in the local carnival. After strange occurrences, Johnny begins to believe that she may actually be a real mermaid that habitually kills during the cycle of the full moon. Written by <VRSC26B@PRODIGY.COM>

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17 September 1965 (Mexico)  »

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Girl from Beneath the Sea  »

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$25,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The screenplay was expanded from a short story called "The Secrets of the Sea" by writer-director Curtis Harrington which was finally made available in its entirety in 2013 in Harrington's posthumously-published autobiography, "Nice Guys Don't Work in Hollywood." See more »

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When Mora enters the water during the diving trip, the diving knife is strapped to her right leg. When Johnny and Mora are swimming together along the ocean floor, the knife is strapped to Mora's left leg. When Mora and Johnny arrive near the shiny object on the ocean floor, and begin digging at the reef, the knife is strapped back on Mora's right leg. The knife remains strapped on Mora's right leg until she removes it from the sheath. See more »

Quotes

Mora: Because I feel the seawater in my veins. Because I listen to the roar of the sea and it speaks to me like a mother's voice. The tide pulls at my heart. And the face of the moon fills my soul with a strange longing.
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Crazy Credits

'And so, all the night tide, I lie down by the side of my darling - my darling - my life and my bride, in her sepulchre there by the sea, in her tomb by the sounding sea.' Edgar Allen Poe (from 'Annabel Lee') See more »

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The Tell Tale Harp
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Atmospheric gem of a time long past.
21 April 2006 | by (Miami, FL) – See all my reviews

I have been obsessed with this movie for quite some time. It's setting in Venice Beach and the Santa Monica Pier in the early 1960's, captures an eerie, desolate, seediness that is disappearing faster than mold in the sunlight as our urban landscape becomes more homogeneous and bland. I love so many details of this movie such as the jazz combo in the Blue Grotto, the name "Blue Grotto", the carousel, the apartment over the carousel looking out over the water, the tacky carnival atmosphere, the beatnik bongo players on the beach, the mysterious incredible Cameron as the sea witch in flowing black veils, the strange, haunting score, Captian Murdock's home filled with oddities from his travels, the gloomy lighting and crumbling buildings with beautiful baroque detailing and a low, howling wind whistling though the canals. It all melds together in to a gem of a movie that I never get tired of watching. As for the acting, I found Dennis Hopper to be quite convincing and appealing as a nice lonely boy, so refreshingly different from his later roles. The result is a movie that is mysterious, haunting and beautiful which captures the sublime essence of a magical dream falling into decay.


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