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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.


Irving Pichel


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




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 ... Nurse
Tom Stevenson Tom Stevenson ... Waiter
Mary Somerville Mary Somerville ... Lady Trebshaw


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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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 6, 1948 with William Powell reprising his film role. See more »


Mrs Grundy gets in the back left side of a police car which goes off on a chase during which she moves to the right side then back to the left. See more »


Mike Fitzgerald: Mr Peabody is an American freak. He's just been leering at his own wife.
Cathy Livingston: How charming! You must be a dream of a husband.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: William Powell (1961) See more »


by Robert Emmett Dolan and Johnny Mercer
Sung by Andrea King (uncredited)
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After 56 years....
10 October 2006 | by lweiss-2See all my reviews

As a girl of 9 I saw Mr Peabody and the Mermaid and was blown away by it. It stayed in my memory as a mysterious and haunting film, with her song still ringing in my ears 56 years later.

Luckily I found out that my TV/video is compatible with the NTSC system.(There is no DVD made as far as I know.)

So through the magic of E-bay I bought the video from someone in America, who posted it to me in Australia. Tonight I played it. I saw that the humor of it went over my head as a child, but I still enjoyed it immensely. How divine and delightful is Anne Blythe! Loved her also in Rose Marie and The Student Prince.


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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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