Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948). Directed by Irving Pichel. Cast: William Powell, Ann Blyth, Irene Hervey and Andrea King.
After Arthur, has fallen in love with a mermaid, that he caught in the Caribbean, Arthur's wife takes him to see the doctor and he tells him his story:
Arthur and Polly, head out for their vacation on a beautiful island resort, when Polly reminds him that he is turning fifty soon. Not wanting to think about it Arthur, decides to go for a walk, and that is when he hears singing coming from a deserted key. He takes a boat over to investigate and while hiking, he finds a woman's comb.
The next day, while fishing from his boat, Arthur feels something tugging on his line, and after a huge struggle, reels in a beautiful mermaid. He then carries the mermaid up to his hotel room and puts her in a bathtub full of water.
When Polly returns, she smells her perfume and confronts her husband who tells her his unbelievable story about a mermaid. When she sees the mermaid's tail in the bubble bath, she tells Arthur to get rid of the "fish." Arthur, does not want to take the mermaid, who he calls Lenore, back to the ocean, especially.. after he teaches her how to kiss. Arthur, releases Lenore into the resorts large fishpond.
Lenore's beautiful song lures Arthur back to the fishpond, when Polly sees her husband with another woman, she packs her bags and leaves. A week later, Polly's car is found near the beach, and Hadley tells everyone that he suspects Arthur has murdered his wife and the police are called. Arthur takes Lenore back to the key and tells her that he plans to go away with her. Just then, the police find Arthur and take him aboard their boat, and Mike tells him that Polly is safe back in Boston. When, Lenore's singing is heard by everyone, Arthur jumps overboard, into Lenore's arms and she nearly drowns him.
Back in Boston, Dr. Harvey advises Arthur not to tell his story to anyone who has not yet turned fifty, and shares his own hallucinatory story when reaching 50. Later, Arthur gives Polly the comb he found on the key.
Powell, is always wonderful in comedy films. He steals the film, along with Blyth, who never speaks a word, but does some very beautiful underwater swimming, including a water ballet that would make even Esther Williams jealous. :)
On loan to Warner Brothers, Blyth was cast against type as Veda Pierce, the scheming, ungrateful daughter of Joan Crawford in the film, Mildred Pierce(1945). Her dramatic portrayal won her outstanding reviews and she received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She played the part of Regina Hubbard in Another Part of the Forest, and she also performed playing a mermaid in Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid. Her other films include: Our Very Own, The Great Caruso, One Minute to Zero, The World in His Arms, Rose Marie, The Student Prince, Kismet, The Buster Keaton Story, and The Helen Morgan Story.
Beach Blanket Bingo(1965). In the fourth of the Frankie and Annette beach party movies, a motorcycle gang led by Eric Von Zipper kidnaps singing star Sugar Kane managed by Bullets, who hires sky-diving surfers Steve and Bonnie for a publicity stunt. With the usual gang and a mermaid named Lorelei. The mermaid sub-plot featuring Marta Kristen, who falls in love with Jody McCrea, maybe the best part of the movie.
Miranda (1948). Directed by Ralph Thomas. Cast: Glynis Johns, Donald Sinden, Anne Crawford and Margaret Rutherford.
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Mad About Men(1954). Mermaid Miranda, swaps places with her human cousin, Caroline, when Caroline goes on vacation. Caroline, who is a schoolteacher, "looks likes" Miranda, so it is easy for Miranda to take her place. Caroline is engaged to be married but, Miranda does not like Caroline's fiance. When Miranda falls in love, she breaks off Caroline's engagement and has Caroline engaged to the man who she, is in love with.
A woman who wants to expose that Miranda is a mermaid, arranges for Caroline to sing at a concert. Caroline reads about the concert and rushes back to take the place of Miranda. Unfortunately, their singing voices are not the same.