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Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 1948 (UK)
While on vacation in the Caribbean with his wife, a middle-aged man unexpectedly finds, and falls in love with, a mermaid.

Director:

Irving Pichel

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (screenplay), Guy Jones (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Powell ... Mr. Peabody
Ann Blyth ... Mermaid
Irene Hervey ... Mrs. Polly Peabody
Andrea King ... Cathy Livingston
Clinton Sundberg ... Mike Fitzgerald
Art Smith ... Dr. Harvey
Hugh French ... Major Hadley
Lumsden Hare ... Colonel Mandrake
Frederick Clarke Frederick Clarke ... Basil (as Fred Clark)
James Logan James Logan ... Lieutenant
Mary Field ... Wee Shop Clerk
Beatrice Roberts ... Mother
Cynthia Corley Cynthia Corley ... Nurse
Tom Stevenson Tom Stevenson ... Waiter
Mary Somerville Mary Somerville ... Lady Trebshaw
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Storyline

As told to a psychiatrist: Mr. Peabody, middle-aged Bostonian on vacation with his wife in the Caribbean, hears mysterious, wordless singing on an uninhabited rock in the bay. Fishing in the vicinity, he catches...a mermaid. He takes her home and, though she has no spoken language, falls in love with her. Of course, his wife won't believe that thing in the bathtub is anything but a large fish. Predictable complications follow in rather tame fashion. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sereia dos Meus Sonhos See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 6, 1948 with William Powell reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

Mrs Grundy gets in the back left side of a police car which goes off on a chase during which she moves to the right side then back to the left. See more »

Quotes

Mike Fitzgerald: Mr Peabody is an American freak. He's just been leering at his own wife.
Cathy Livingston: How charming! You must be a dream of a husband.
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Connections

Remade as Fantasy Island: The Victim/The Mermaid (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

THE CARIBEES
by Robert Emmett Dolan and Johnny Mercer
Sung by Andrea King (uncredited)
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My Fantasea
8 May 2000 | by imapolygirlSee all my reviews

I'm not normally a fan of old movies, especially the B&W variety, but being a lover and collector of mermaids, I decided to check this movie out on AMC.

I found the story absolutely delightful. Wm. Powell is so gentle and earnest in the role of Mr. Peabody, and almost as sweet as the lovely young mermaid, Lenore.

I found the set at the Peabody home with the fish pond and underwater grotoe where the mermaid lived to be much like the enchanted world I'd love to live in as my mermaid alter-ego, Sirena.

I found myself wishing for a colorized version of the movie.


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