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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 ... 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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Lucky Mr. Peabody...Everybody thought he was DREAMING! See more »


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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

In real life, William Powell was 36 years older than on-screen love interest Ann Blyth. 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

Referenced in Hedda Hopper's Hollywood (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

THE CARIBEES
by Robert Emmett Dolan and Johnny Mercer
Sung by Andrea King (uncredited)
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a minor gem
9 May 2000 | by rupieSee all my reviews

This little-known film is a delightfully whimsical fable about male menopause, although the term didn't exist when it was made. William Powell, unwilling to face the encroachment of old age, receives the gift of a visitation from an altogether fetching mermaid, who sparks the diminishing flames of his youthful ardor. Powell is simply wonderful in the role, as he is in anything, as Maltin so rightly observes. This is a charming, touching, and, in the end, poignant tale.


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