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Mad About Men (1954)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy | 14 June 1955 (Denmark)
Flirtatious mermaid Miranda swaps places with a schoolteacher who has gone on holiday. All is well until she falls in love with a human.

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writers:

Peter Blackmore (screenplay), Peter Blackmore (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glynis Johns ... Caroline Trewella / Miranda Trewella
Donald Sinden ... Jeff Saunders
Anne Crawford ... Barbara Davenport
Margaret Rutherford ... Nurse Carey
Dora Bryan ... Berengaria
Nicholas Phipps ... Col. Barclay Sutton
Peter Martyn Peter Martyn ... Ronald Baker
Noel Purcell ... Percy
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. Forster
Judith Furse ... Viola
Irene Handl ... Mme. Blanche
David Hurst ... Signor Mantalini
Martin Miller Martin Miller ... Dr. Fergus
Deryck Guyler ... Editor
Anthony Oliver Anthony Oliver ... Pawnbroker
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Storyline

Gymnastics school teacher Caroline Trewella inherits a house on the Cornwall coast. In the basement/smuggler's cave, she discovers mermaid Miranda. The young women share a common ancestor and are remarkably alike in looks. While Caroline is away on a bicycling tour, Miranda has fun taking her place on land. With the help of her friend Nurse Carey, Miranda feigns an injury that keeps her wheelchair-bound... or more often needing to be carried by a man. And the ever flirtatious Miranda certainly knows how to attract all the men of the village! Written by L. Hamre

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Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1955 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Folle des hommes See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Joan Hickson and Margaret Rutherford are both known for playing Agatha Christie's character Miss Marple. See more »

Quotes

Nurse Carey: Is he married?
Percy: No - I reckon he's too wise.
Nurse Carey: I don't know what you mean by that.
Percy: Well he'd rather make several ladies happy than one miserable.
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Follows Miranda (1948) See more »

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I Can't Resist Men
Written by Benjamin Frankel (as Ben Bernard)
Sung by Glynis Johns
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"You can get too much of a good thing..."
12 October 2015 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Peter Blackmore scripted this weak whimsical fantasy, a Technicolor sequel to 1948's black-and-white "Miranda" (which had been based upon Blackmore's play). Glynis Johns returns as the romantic-minded mermaid who swims in the waters off Cornwall; she chances to meet her human twin, a distant relative and school-mistress who is about to be married to a stuffy engineer. Blackmore clearly relishes the chance to open up his scenario and throw in some wild bits of humor--and Johns in a dual role is certainly an inspired idea--but most of the warmth from the first film is missing. Miranda's true identity is discovered by a jealous female, who hopes to exploit the siren on-stage during a charity benefit (!), while Caroline, Miranda's twin, has to rush home from a biking trip to save the mermaid from catastrophe. Faintly enjoyable and yet too much of a good thing, what with corny one-liners and Margaret Rutherford overacting like mad in a reprisal of her role as Miranda's eccentric nurse and confidante. Blackmore and director Ralph Thomas raise a big laugh or two, but their chaotic finale is a complete muck-up, and the film's editing and continuity are disappointing. ** from ****


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