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Mr Peabody and the Mermaid

Mr Peabody and the Mermaid

Irving Pichel (1948)

U Certificate


Our Score
A year after Miranda and long before Splash, this gentle and now-forgotten romantic comedy was the first mermaid movie to make postwar movie censors tremble. Not that there is much to worry about, since lovely Ann Blyth is a most provocative, but totally covered-up, former denizen of the deep. William Powell catches her while fishing, and his urbanity makes this Nunnally Johnson-scripted tosh acceptable, though it would have benefited from a stronger director than Irving Pichel. The film became a great favourite with American teenagers and featured in several comic books of its day, continuing the tale in cartoon-strip form through to the mid-1950s.


A man takes a holiday by the sea in a bid to ease his mid-life crisis, but ends up getting romantically involved with an amorous mermaid. Fantasy comedy, starring William Powell, Ann Blyth, Irene Hervey and Andrea King.

Cast & Crew

Mr Peabody William Powell
Mermaid Ann Blyth
Polly Peabody Irene Hervey
Cathy Livingston Andrea King
Mike Fitzgerald Clinton Sundberg
Dr Harvey Art Smith
Major Hadley Hugh French
Colonel Mandrake Lumsden Hare
Director Irving Pichel
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: General Film Dist Ltd


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