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Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)

Approved | | Comedy , Fantasy , Romance | 1948 (UK)
While on vacation in the Caribbean with his wife, a middle-aged man unexpectedly finds, and falls in love with, a mermaid.

Director:

Irving Pichel

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (screenplay), Guy Jones (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Powell ... Mr. Peabody
Ann Blyth ... Mermaid
Irene Hervey ... Mrs. Polly Peabody
Andrea King ... Cathy Livingston
Clinton Sundberg ... Mike Fitzgerald
Art Smith ... Dr. Harvey
Hugh French ... Major Hadley
Lumsden Hare ... Colonel Mandrake
Frederick Clarke Frederick Clarke ... Basil (as Fred Clark)
James Logan James Logan ... Lieutenant
Mary Field ... Wee Shop Clerk
Beatrice Roberts ... Mother
Cynthia Corley Cynthia Corley ... Nurse
Tom Stevenson Tom Stevenson ... Waiter
Mary Somerville Mary Somerville ... Lady Trebshaw
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Storyline

As told to a psychiatrist: Mr. Peabody, middle-aged Bostonian on vacation with his wife in the Caribbean, hears mysterious, wordless singing on an uninhabited rock in the bay. Fishing in the vicinity, he catches...a mermaid. He takes her home and, though she has no spoken language, falls in love with her. Of course, his wife won't believe that thing in the bathtub is anything but a large fish. Predictable complications follow in rather tame fashion. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sereia dos Meus Sonhos See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During the film, Ann Blyth has no dialogue. She laughs, sings (without words) and cries, but does not talk. See more »

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In the underwater fight scene, one shot shows that the fishtail costume had clearly separated from Lenore's back. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hedda Hopper's Hollywood (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

THE CARIBEES
by Robert Emmett Dolan and Johnny Mercer
Sung by Andrea King (uncredited)
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Another fun fantasy flick from the 40's.
23 April 2006 | by johno-21See all my reviews

I've only seen this movie a couple of times as it seems it was hardly ever shown on television and I don't know why it was so overlooked. It's not a big film and is a typical escapism fantasy fun film that were so popular in the 1940's but it's well done and deserves a look. William Powell whose days as a leading man were waning plays a man who is turning 50 and going into a mid-life crisis (Powell was in reality 56) so while on a seaside vacation with his wife away, he snags a mermaid while out fishing. A beautiful mermaid, played by the 20 year old Ann Blyth who in 1948 was breaking away from teen roles with this film and two others released that year, A Woman's Vengeance and Another Part of the Forest. This is adapted from the Constance and Guy Jones novel Peabody's Mermaid by noted screenplay writer Nunnaly Johnson who wrote The Grapes of Wrath, Tobacco Road and The Three Faces of Eve. Versitle director Irving Pichel who worked in comedy, drama, film noir, westerns and sci-fi and did such films as The Most Dangerous Game, Tomorrow is Forever, They Won't Believe Me and had just come off the sentimental The Miracle of the Bells, directs. Proliffic cinematographer Russell Metty photographs with underwater sequences filmed by respected visual effects photographer David S. Horsley. Irene Hervey and Andrea King are also in the cast. Ann Blyth looks beautiful and makes one of the best on screen mermaids ever in an unusual role. I would give this an 8.0 out of 10.


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