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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 »
On leave in a shore side town, Johnny becomes interested in a young dark haired woman. They meet and... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Effective and moody portrayal of loneliness. Fans of "Carnival of Souls" and "Incubus" will enjoy See more (51 total) »


  (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?

The seagull's beak was wired shut to prevent it from injuring the actors.See more »
Continuity: During the breakfast scene, with each camera cut the cup Mora is holding switches hands.See more »
Capt. Samuel Murdock:[to Johnny, upon draining the last of his bottle of gin] I wonder if you'd be good enough to get another bottle of this splendid liquid from the cabinet over there, would you?
Johnny Drake:[giving him another bottle] You hit that stuff pretty hard, huh?
Capt. Samuel Murdock:Well, it may seem that way to your young eyes, but at my age you need a little stimulant - you'll find that out later on.
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Movie Connections:
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27 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Effective and moody portrayal of loneliness. Fans of "Carnival of Souls" and "Incubus" will enjoy, 24 April 2007
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

Nearly every review of this film calls it a "mood piece", and thats certainly accurate. Those expecting a quickly-paced drive-in horror film will be disappointed. However, those who enjoy atmosphere and character driven fantasy-horror films, such as "Carnival of Souls", will probably appreciate this. Curtis Harrington seemed to be at his best when making this, judging from "Queen of Blood" and this. It could've used a few more horror elements, but overall this was a memorable little film. It was slowly paced yet never dull and ultimately an effective portrayal of loneliness.

Dennis Hopper, turning in probably the most restrained performance of his career, does a good job in his first starring role. Those familiar only with his hippie period ("Easy Rider") and the comeback usually playing over-the-top villains ("Blue Velvet", "River's Edge"), will be surprised at how atypical his parts used to be. Its far from a perfect performance (hes a bit too low-key at times), but gives a lot of emotion for his character. The same can be said for Linda Lawson, playing a mysterious, yet like Hopper ultimately sympathetic character. What makes this more impressive for me than your normal slash-and-dice effort (and will probably disappoint fans of such) is there's no actual monsters or villains. However, fans of moody and atmospheric fantasy-horror films such as the works of Val Lewton will find much to enjoy. I'm looking forward to a second viewing. The only major flaw in the film is the rather deus-ex-machina conclusion, but even that can be overlooked in retrospect. (7/10)

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