A young sailor falls in love with a mysterious woman, performing as a mermaid at the local carnival. He soon comes to suspect the girl might be a real mermaid, who draws men to a watery death during the full moon.
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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
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 »
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 »
Yes, I love the sea most of all. But I'm afraid of it, too.
I guess we're all a little afraid of what we love.
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'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 »
Though it is a small production, it is interesting in the way it deals with the myth and mystery of the sea and its lore. We are purposely given sketchy information about the carnival mermaid who may in fact be a siren luring the lonely sailor nearly to his doom.
A very young Hopper plays the sailor, and Lawson is sufficiently enchanting to make us believe that she is more than just a girl wearing a fake fishtail. The film has a TWILIGHT ZONE quality to it, leaving the viewer wondering at the end.
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