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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?

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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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Taglines:

SCORES OF AQUA-CUTIES... SLAVES TO A VILLAINIOUS IDOL'S WILL! (original poster-all caps) 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 prominent billing of Linda Christian on this film's poster, despite her having a minor role, is attributable to the fact that when Tarzan and the Mermaids was released, Christian was the fiancé of one of 20th Century-Fox's biggest stars, Tyrone Power. The two were married in 1949, and had two children together. 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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Connections

Followed by Tarzan and the Lost Safari (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Us Hasten to Adventure
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Written by Sir Lancelot
Played on guitar and Sung by John Laurenz
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With All its Faults -- Still a MUST SEE Movie!
26 September 2005 | by vitaleralphlouisSee all my reviews

TARZAN AND THE MERMAID was the low-end of Johnny Weissmuller's Tarzan series and the final Tarzan he'd agree to make. Set in Acapulco, Mexico --- "just downstream from their jungle house --- Tarzan will encounter infamous actress Linda Christian in a rare screen role, as the latest virgin to be handed over to the tribe's two-bit "god." I can't overstate the drop in quality. All the great Tarzan films were made by MGM with high production quality, excellent scripts, action shots; the best. The RKO Tarzan films made by Sol Lesser were much cheaper and used less imagination. MERMAIDS was the poorest of the RKO series. Why then do I rate it 8 out of 10. Weissmuller is asset #1. The catchy title is asset #2. The fact is that I saw this movie 5 times. First in 1949, then 1950, then twice on TV; finally via an eBay purchase of a bootleg copy. PS: The real story as to why Weissmuller quit Tarzan was that Columbia Pictures agreed to let him wear clothes in his Jungle Jim series. After 13 years in loincloth, he, like many of us, gained a few pounds.


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