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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.

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Mrs. Polly Peabody
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Cathy Livingston
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Mike Fitzgerald
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Dr. Harvey
Hugh French ...
Major Hadley
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Colonel Mandrake
Frederick Clarke ...
Basil (as Fred Clark)
James Logan ...
Lieutenant
Mary Field ...
Wee Shop Clerk
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Mother
Cynthia Corley ...
Nurse
Tom Stevenson ...
Waiter
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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A Sereia dos Meus Sonhos  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid" was shooting near a set where Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) was filming. Tourists were shocked to see Glenn Strange's Frankenstein Monster having lunch with Ann Blyth in her fishtail costume. Both Strange and 'Lon Chaney Jr' in his Wolfman make-up were invited to the Mr. Peabody wrap party, where they hammed it up in make-up. 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 »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: William Powell (1961) See more »

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THE CARIBEES
by Robert Emmett Dolan and Johnny Mercer
Sung by Andrea King (uncredited)
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Mr. Peabody's Catch of the Day
10 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

William Powell stars as Mr. Peabody, a married man and on the verge of 50, and Ann Blyth as a mermaid he snags on his fishing rod one fanciful day, and ultimately falling for her. Usually I don't read other reviewers, but I did happen to scan over a few and found most of them liked this film. You can't help but like anything that William Powell is in; he gives anything he's in charm and a high regard it may not possess without him.

Having said that, this movie suffers mostly from a weak script and an awkward feel to it due to its staginess and the use of a flashback, in the form of telling the story to a psychiatrist. I can't help feeling it would have been more effective in the present day, as it was happening right now. It does a mystical feel to it and I can see how someone would have fond feelings for it having seen it as a child and therefore see past its technical flaws.

Ann Blyth is good and quite striking as the mermaid, who rightly doesn't speak a word, unlike Glynis Johns in "Miranda." With Glynis Johns' "Miranda" being made in 1948 also, I get the feeling that this was made to capitalize on "Miranda"'s success. It may not have the magic and humor that "Miranda" has, but, if you like William Powell and like his usual quirky approach to life's dilemmas, you'll be pleased for 90 minutes.


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