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Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 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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LOVE SACRIFICE TO A HEATHEN MAN-GOD! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

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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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Production Co:

Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final appearance of Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan. 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

Palanth, the High Priest: If my people knew anyone posed as Balu, they would destroy him.
Tarzan: If people know Balu a man, they destroy you.
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Followed by Tarzan the Magnificent (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Taking a Letter to My Friend, Tarzan
(uncredited)
Written by Sir Lancelot
Played on guitar and Sung by John Laurenz
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Tarzan and Johnny Weissmuller meet for the last time
13 December 2008 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

Johnny Weissmuller's Tarzan saga ends here.Weissmuller ended his Tarzan career after twelve motion pictures.Here he lives in the jungle with the sweet Jane (Brenda Joyce) and Cheeta.Boy has left to study in England.And a man named Benji (John Laurenz) brings some singing mail from him.Linda Christian plays a young girl who is being forced to marry an evil pearl trader who poses as the God Balu.But she's in love with Tiko (Gustavo Rojo).So she jumps into the ocean and escapes until Tarzan captures her in his net.Robert Florey's Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948) isn't the most critically acclaimed Tarzan movie but it works for me.It's a lot of fun to watch this character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs getting away from sticky situations.In this movie the sea has a big part.It's a real treat to watch the beautiful and sensual Linda Christian swimming and diving like a mermaid.The movie is full of great underwater action.Take Tarzan battling with a giant octopus, for instance.Some sweaty situations take place on shore, as well.Altogether this is a nice way for Johnny Weissmuller to say farewell to the character, the mighty Tarzan.


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