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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.

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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 ... Dr. Fergus
Deryck Guyler ... Editor
Anthony Oliver Anthony Oliver ... Pawnbroker
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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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Comedy | Fantasy

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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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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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Swaggering Boney
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Collected by Cecil J. Sharp
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Miranda Returns For Another Fish-Out-Of-Water Adventure....
1 June 2017 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

When we last saw the mermaid Miranda, in the 1948 British fantasy film that bears her name, she was sitting on a rock in the middle of the ocean, bearing on her lap an infant merbaby, the sight of which was apparently meant to stun and amuse the viewer. Although the charming Miranda had almost caused the breakup of no fewer than three relationships in that film, she had not been intimate with any of the men involved (and really, how COULD she be?), and so...just whose baby was this? In hindsight, the baby was apparently hers as the result of a previous underwater fling, casting a whole new light on just why the frisky mermaid wanted one abovewater adventure before becoming a mermom herself. Or perhaps she was merely merbabysitting in that final scene? I suppose that we will never know for sure, as the sequel to "Miranda," entitled "Mad About Men," which was belatedly released six years later, never even alludes to the subject of maternity. Happily, however, it is a wonderful sequel, reuniting two of the previous film's principals, Miranda herself (once again portrayed by the effortlessly charming Welsh actress Glynis Johns) and her eccentric caretaker, Nurse Carey (the great Margaret Rutherford, seven years before her first go at the Miss Marple character with which she would later be forever associated; 62 here, but still capable of performing some physical stunts, such as crawling on the floor and swimming).

In the film, Johns gets to play two roles, a great blessing for all her many fans. The first of those roles is Caroline Trewella, a pretty blonde gym teacher who goes on holiday to her ancestral home in Cornwall. Caroline is engaged to a stuffy and prim fussbudget named Ronald (well played by Peter Martyn), who stays behind in London. Once in her quaint seaside home, Caroline is startled one night to hear very strange sounds emanating from the basement, and goes to investigate. I call this a basement, but actually, it is more of an underground cavern that connects to the sea (no fear of THIS basement ever being flooded, that's for sure!). In this cavern she discovers two very strange creatures: the simpleminded, redheaded mermaid called Berengaria (Dora Bryan), and her own exact lookalike, Miranda. The two, it seems, are distant relatives; one land based, one sea based. Miranda once again is desirous of having an adventure abovewater, while Caroline goes on a biking tour, and so the two hatch a very clever plot. Caroline pretends to have been injured in a gymnastic accident, and goes off on her tour, leaving in her place Miranda, once again ensconced in a wheelchair, her large telltale fin wrapped in a blanket. Once free to have fun, Miranda sets her sights on procuring a better fiancé for Caroline than the stuffy Ronald. She thus entices (effortlessly, as always) a local hunky-dude fisherman, Jeff Saunders (Donald Sinden), as well as the moustachioed Colonel Barclay Sutton (Nicholas Phipps), much to the chagrin of his fiancée, Barbara Davenport (Anne Crawford)...along the way also entrancing the local pawnbroker and dress vendor.

This sequel, it occurs to me, is very much the opposite of the original film. Whereas "Miranda" had been filmed in B&W, had featured only one mermaid, and had involved that one mermaid's flirtatious actions almost causing three couples to break up, the sequel was filmed in beautiful color (the scenery of the Cornish coast looks very nice, indeed), features twice as many mermaids, and spotlights Miranda trying to play matchmaker and bring people together. Once again, the script was provided by Peter Blackmore, the author of the original "Miranda" play, and once again, it is a sparkling and witty one; hence, Miranda says of her previous adventure on land "I had a whale of a time," and later, of her own singing, "I've never had any trouble with my scales." The sequel features more in the way of silly humor, thanks in large part to the antics of that ditzy Berengaria, culminating in a finale that almost seems lifted from the Three Stooges short "Micro-Phonies." Fortunately, director Ralph Thomas, who would go on to helm one of my favorite Bond pastiches, "Deadlier Than the Male," elicits terrific performances from all his players. But once again, it is Glynis Johns who steals the show here with her effortless charm and underrated beauty, shown to great effect in lustrous color. She is remarkably appealing, sexy and seductive as the playful Miranda, despite being the literal fish out of water, and fresh and feisty as the more conservative Caroline. I'm sure I am echoing the thoughts of all her many fans when I say that when it comes to Glynis Johns, the more of her, the better, and "Mad About Men" provides a double showcase for her abundant charms. This is a delightful fantasy that comes more than highly recommended, indeed. Still, I can't stop wondering about that little merbaby....


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