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Miranda (1948)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Comedy, Romance | 24 May 1948 (UK)
A young married physician discovers a mermaid, and gives into her request to be taken to see London. Comedy and romantic entanglements ensue soon after.

Director:

Ken Annakin

Writers:

Peter Blackmore (screenplay), Peter Blackmore (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glynis Johns ... Miranda Trewella
Googie Withers ... Clare Martin
Griffith Jones ... Dr. Paul Martin
John McCallum ... Nigel Hood
Margaret Rutherford ... Nurse Carey
David Tomlinson ... Charles
Yvonne Owen Yvonne Owen ... Betty
Sonia Holm ... Isobel
Brian Oulton ... Manell
Zena Marshall ... Secretary
Lyn Evans Lyn Evans ... Inn Landlord
Stringer Davis Stringer Davis ... Museum Attendant
Hal Osmond Hal Osmond ... Railway Carman
Maurice Denham Maurice Denham ... Cockle Vendor
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Storyline

A young married physician out on a fishing holiday ends up being saved by a mermaid, who intends to keep him her prisoner. She then offers to release him if he will take her to see London, which leads to a number of humorous and romantic entanglements as the mermaid entices several unmarried men who live near the physician and his wife. Written by Michael Howe

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Amores de sirena See more »

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Sound Mix:

B.A.F. Sound System

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The song Miranda sings at the opera is the Brindisi ("Drinking Song") from the Giuseppe Verdi opera "La Traviata". See more »

Goofs

Paul is pulled into the sea by Miranda and comes to in an underwater cave. His trousers are rolled up to above the knee and he has a white shirt. He dives into the water to try and escape then gets out. His trousers are now unrolled and his shirt is dark then a few moments later they're back as they were See more »

Quotes

Miranda Trewella: You have the most beautiful knees. What does it feel like to have two legs?
Dr. Paul Martin: Well, I find them quite useful...
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Crazy Credits

The mermaid's tail was credited as 'Tail by Dunlop'. See more »

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Followed by Mad About Men (1954) See more »

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a winning fantasy/comedy
18 January 2007 | by rsechnySee all my reviews

While out fishing, Dr. Paul Martin is himself caught by a mermaid by the name of Miranda. She brings him to her undersea cave, agreeing to release him only in exchange for a trip to London as his "patient". It is made clear early on that Miranda and men find each other irresistible, and she quickly adds the chauffeur and the fiancé of Paul's neighbor to her list of conquests. This causes more than a little consternation among their respective women, whose pity turns to jealous anger over their eagerness to carry and otherwise indulge the wheelchair-bound Miranda. Since Miranda sleeps in a tub of cold water at night, and her diet consists almost exclusively of raw fish, it's only a matter of time before her secret is revealed (one hilarious clue is that she treats the goldfish bowl as sort of a candy dish). Glynis Johns is utterly charming as Miranda, and Googie Withers is excellent as Paul's ultimately understanding wife. Despite the improbable premise, one can't help but be drawn into this very funny film. And don't miss the scene at the very end, which may leave more questions asked than answered.


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