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Night Tide -- 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...
Night Tide -- US Home Video Trailer from American International
Night Tide -- A lonely sailor on leave falls for a sideshow mermaid girl and suspects that she actually may be a real mermaid who kills when the moon is full.
Night Tide -- 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...


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Release Date:
17 September 1965 (Mexico) See more »
Temptress from the sea...loving...killing! See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dennis Hopper ... Johnny Drake
Linda Lawson ... Mora
Gavin Muir ... Capt. Samuel Murdock

Luana Anders ... Ellen Sands
Marjorie Eaton ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kirby Allan ... Bongo Player (uncredited)
Barbette ... Man Talking at Bar (uncredited)
Danny Best ... Teen on Midway (uncredited)
James Boscon ... Teen on Midway Gawking at Mermaid (uncredited)
Richard Boscon ... Teen on Midway with Glasses (uncredited)
Chaino ... Head Bongo Player (uncredited)
Paul Horn ... Jazz Flutist (uncredited)
Joyce King ... Woman at Jazz Club (uncredited)
Bruno VeSota ... Man on the Stairs (uncredited)

Directed by
Curtis Harrington 
Writing credits
Curtis Harrington (screenplay)

Curtis Harrington  short story

Produced by
Aram Kantarian .... producer
Jules Schwartz .... executive producer
H. Duane Weaver .... associate producer
Original Music by
David Raksin 
Cinematography by
Vilis Lapenieks 
Floyd Crosby (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Jodie Copelan 
Production Design by
Paul Mathison 
Makeup Department
Bruno VeSota .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
H. Duane Weaver .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karl Romaine .... assistant director
Sound Department
Marvin Walowitz .... sound editor
Music Department
Chaino .... musician: bongos
Sid Sidney .... music editor
Paul Horn .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Other crew
David E. Blewitt .... production assistant (as David Blewitt)
David McDonald .... production assistant
Edgar Allan Poe .... quotation
Benjamin Zemach .... choreographer
Joyce King .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Girl from Beneath the Sea" - USA (alternative title)
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86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

It was shown at the Venice Film Festival in 1961 by its original distributor, Filmgroup. In 1963 AIP acquired the rights and gave it a wider distribution.See more »
Continuity: During the breakfast scene, with each camera cut the cup Mora is holding switches hands.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in House of Harrington (2008)See more »
The Tell Tale HarpSee more »


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27 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Stylish low-budget mood piece..., 27 November 2005
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Sailor on shore-leave meets and falls for a mysterious woman who works as a carnival mermaid on the California coast. Is she a neurotic or actually a descendant of the Sirens? Moody mystery isn't quite the thriller it was advertised as. It has a straightforward narrative and very few actual surprises, but there are surreal bits, a great beatnik party on the beach, terrific black-and-white cinematography, and handsome, pre-hippie Dennis Hopper at his most grounded and friendly (and polite!). The film hopes to absorb its audience by means of atmosphere and little red herrings, not big shocks. I admired the film, but it's not to every taste. **1/2 from ****

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