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Night Tide (1961)

Not Rated | | Horror, Romance, Thriller | 1 February 1963 (USA)
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A young sailor falls in love with a mysterious woman, performing as a mermaid at the local carnival. He soon comes to suspect the girl might be a real mermaid, who draws men to a watery death during the full moon.

Director:

Curtis Harrington

Writers:

Curtis Harrington (screenplay), Curtis Harrington (short story)
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Complete credited cast:
Dennis Hopper ... Johnny Drake
Linda Lawson Linda Lawson ... Mora
Gavin Muir ... Capt. Samuel Murdock
Luana Anders ... Ellen Sands
Marjorie Eaton ... Madame Romanovitch
Tom Dillon Tom Dillon ... Merry-Go-Round Operator - Ellen's Grandfather
H.E. West H.E. West ... Lt. Henderson
Ben Roseman Ben Roseman ... Bruno
Marjorie Cameron Marjorie Cameron ... Water Witch (as Cameron)
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Storyline

On leave in a shore side town, Johnny becomes interested in a young dark haired woman. They meet and he learns that she plays a mermaid in the local carnival. After strange occurrences, Johnny begins to believe that she may actually be a real mermaid that habitually kills during the cycle of the full moon. Written by <VRSC26B@PRODIGY.COM>

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In the beginning, in the jazz club scene where the exotic Madame Romanovitch interrupts Dennis Hopper and Mora, by simply presenting herself to Mora, is very similar to the exotic "Cat Woman" intimidating Simone Simon (in the restaurant) in CAT PEOPLE, to which director Curtis Harrington was a huge fan. See more »

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When Johnny sits and talks with Capt. Murdock in Murdock's home, directly behind the captain, stuck to the wall under a leopard's pelt, is a small photo of a seated woman. The photo is entirely unobstructed. As the scene progresses, the photo inexplicably moves several inches to the left, to where it is now half-concealed by the leopard pelt. See more »

Quotes

Mora: Because I feel the seawater in my veins. Because I listen to the roar of the sea and it speaks to me like a mother's voice. The tide pulls at my heart. And the face of the moon fills my soul with a strange longing.
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Crazy Credits

'And so, all the night tide, I lie down by the side of my darling - my darling - my life and my bride, in her sepulchre there by the sea, in her tomb by the sounding sea.' Edgar Allen Poe (from 'Annabel Lee') See more »

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Referenced in She Creature (2001) See more »

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Seaweed
Written by Jimmy Bond
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Myth and mystery
3 October 1999 | by mermattSee all my reviews

Though it is a small production, it is interesting in the way it deals with the myth and mystery of the sea and its lore. We are purposely given sketchy information about the carnival mermaid who may in fact be a siren luring the lonely sailor nearly to his doom.

A very young Hopper plays the sailor, and Lawson is sufficiently enchanting to make us believe that she is more than just a girl wearing a fake fishtail. The film has a TWILIGHT ZONE quality to it, leaving the viewer wondering at the end.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

1 February 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Girl from Beneath the Sea See more »

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Budget:

$25,000 (estimated)
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Phoenix Films See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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