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Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948)

Approved | | Action, Adventure | 15 May 1948 (USA)
To escape from an arranged marriage to Aquatania's pagan god, a desperate maiden ends up in Tarzan's fishing net. But soon, he, too, finds himself before a well-planned conspiracy. Can Tarzan save the mermaid from the barbaric idol's will?

Director:

Robert Florey

Writers:

Carroll Young (original story), Carroll Young (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Johnny Weissmuller ... Tarzan
Brenda Joyce ... Jane
George Zucco ... Palanth - The High Priest
Andrea Palma ... Luana - Mara's Mother
Fernando Wagner Fernando Wagner ... Varga - Pearl Trader
Edward Ashley ... Commissioner
John Laurenz ... Benji
Gustavo Rojo ... Tiko - Mara's Fiancé
Matthew Boulton ... British Inspector-General
Linda Christian ... Mara
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Storyline

Boy is away at school in England. The high priest is trying to force a young girl to marry an evil pearl trader posing as the god Balu. She escapes, is recaptured and is finally rescued by Tarzan and Jane who reunite her with her chosen fiance. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Tarzan at His Best ! See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and the Mermaids See more »

Filming Locations:

Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The same year this film was released, Johnny Weissmuller made his initial appearance as his other best-known character, Jungle Jim. Although he is now remembered more for portraying Tarzan, Weissmuller starred as Edgar Rice Burroughs' Ape Man in just 11 films, but played Jungle Jim in 13 feature films and a 1950s TV series. See more »

Goofs

When Mara (Linda Christian) is seen diving in the river, her costume changes from grey when she is on land to white when she is seen underwater. When she climbs out of the water, her costume is grey again. See more »

Quotes

Benji: Tarzan go fishing, catch mermaid, eh!
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Connections

Follows Tarzan and the Green Goddess (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, Most Beautiful Mermaid
(uncredited)
Written by Sir Lancelot
Played on guitar and Sung by John Laurenz
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One too many
3 June 2004 | by estabansmytheSee all my reviews

I always want to see the aging veteran ballplayer play that one last season. Most of the time, they shouldn't - but I want to see it anyway. Why? Because I love those guys and want to prolong the experience of seeing them perform as long as possible.

Alas, Tarzan & The Mermaids is your classic example of taking a film series one film too long. The should have stopped with the fine Tarzan & The Huntress. But hey, what can you do?

Filmed down in Mexico on a buck-and-a-half, Tarzan & The Mermaids is a total cheapo with long interludes of silence, as though it were indeed shot as a silent film.

The film is dull, the plot, hell, who cares? This film was the perfect transition for Johnny Weissmuller to transition into Jungle Jim. The time had come.

I hate saying this, but this one isn't even for true devotees. Catch the ones where he fights the Nazi's instead. Those are great!


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