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Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 15 May 1948 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Tarzan
... Jane
... Palanth - The High Priest
... Luana - Mara's Mother
Fernando Wagner ... Varga - Pearl Trader
... Commissioner
... Benji
... Tiko - Mara's Fiancé
... British Inspector-General
... 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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SCORES OF AQUA-CUTIES...SLAVES TO A VILLAINIOUS IDOL'S WILL! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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15 May 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and the Mermaids  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The absence of the Johnny Sheffield character "Boy" from this film is explained with the the claim that Boy is "away at school." In truth, Sheffield's RKO contract had not been renewed, and the actor then signed a deal with "Poverty Row" studio Monogram Pictures to make a series of movies as "Bomba," a character clearly intended to evoke memories of Sheffield's many appearances in Tarzan films. 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's Desert Mystery (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Fairwell, Fair Mermaid
(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 See 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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