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Night Tide (1961)

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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.


Curtis Harrington


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)


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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English | Greek

Release Date:

17 September 1965 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Girl from Beneath the Sea See more »


Box Office


$25,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Phoenix Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Writer/director Curtis Harrington had a lifelong obsession with the writings of Edgar Allan Poe, which surfaced in many of his films. The story was inspired by, and the title "Night Tide" was derived from, Poe's poem "Annabel Lee." See more »


At the end of the scene when Mora suggests to Johnny they go diving that day because of the full moon, Johnny turns and looks at the calendar. As the camera zooms in, we see the calendar has the phases on the moon on it. The camera continues to zoom to a tight shot of the calendar, at which point you can clearly see that the moon is simply a square of paper cut out and pasted over the regular calendar. The edges of the glued on image are slightly out of alignment, a couple spots the edges are curling up, and even the dark edges drawn on to match the lines of the calendar are ragged and bled over on the edge of the paper in a couple spots. See more »


Capt. Samuel Murdock: [to Johnny, upon draining the last of his bottle of gin] I wonder if you'd be good enough to get another bottle of this splendid liquid from the cabinet over there, would you?
Johnny Drake: [giving him another bottle] You hit that stuff pretty hard, huh?
Capt. Samuel Murdock: Well, it may seem that way to your young eyes, but at my age you need a little stimulant - you'll find that out later on.
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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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An all-time favorite of mine
24 August 2009 | by nevfahsSee all my reviews

Don't get me wrong... I don't think this is a great achievement in film making.

I stumbled across this movie on late night TV, back in the early days of UHF, when, at 13 or 14, it was very exciting to me to have new channels that were so low budget that they showed things that, in the light of mainstream, 3 channel, VHF programming, seemed very much like they were being beamed in from another galaxy.

Through the lens of adolescent angst that I saw it through, this is a movie about unbearable loneliness, brilliantly captured by Dennis Hopper, whose only way out of his loneliness is through a beautiful woman from another world that he can't fully understand.

Like Kabuki theater on Darvon, he moves through the shadows of this overfiltered dreamworld of seaside 1960. The real monster is loneliness, and unlike most horror movies, the monster wins this one.

The setting, the off season seaside resort (and it could have been any, not just Venice Beach) was perfect, being there by oneself is possibly the loneliest experience one could have, hinting at a livelier, fun=filled world that, because of time, is unattainable.

It represents to me, maybe the first "indie" film I saw and recognized as one, "indie" in the original sense of a movie that was not made to be a box office hit, but because someone HAD to make a movie about something they felt strongly about, or had an artistic vision that had to be shared. Many of the earlier examples of these movies found their way onto UHF, because they were cheap to rent. But they got me hooked, and as soon as I could drive, sought out the art theaters in nearby towns that showed what was then called "underground" cinema, Kenneth Anger, John Waters (pre-flamingoes) I am Curious (Yellow and Blue.) These films are not as enchanting to me now, but then, none of them ever lived up to Night Tide for me.

For sentimental reasons, this has always been, and will always be, one of my very favorite movies.

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