Mr. Peabody And The Mermaid

  • 1948
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Fantasy

Nunnally Johnson, the man who wrote the action-packed script for THE DIRTY DOZEN (with Lukas Heller), is the producer-writer of this film, a motion picture that could not be more different in content and intent from the Heller collaboration. Based on a novel by Guy and Constance Jones, this is the story of a man, Powell, turning 50. He is suffering from...read more

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Nunnally Johnson, the man who wrote the action-packed script for THE DIRTY DOZEN (with Lukas Heller), is the producer-writer of this film, a motion picture that could not be more different in content and intent from the Heller collaboration. Based on a novel by Guy and Constance Jones,

this is the story of a man, Powell, turning 50. He is suffering from a middle-age crisis and is sent by his doctor, Smith, to a holiday in the Caribbean where he is told to rest up until the crisis clears. While out fishing for his dinner, the proper Bostonian hooks something a little larger than

his pole can handle--Blyth, a voluptuous mermaid. Powell takes her back to his beach cottage and places her in the fish pond, where she can be comfortable. Now a series of friends come to visit Powell, and although Powell tells them about his prize catch, all they ever see of her is her tail, thus

raising the question that Powell's brain may have been fried by the tropical sun. His wife, Hervey, leaves temporarily, his pals desert him, and Blyth is his only friend, and she never says a word. In the course of events, Powell falls in love with the mute mermaid, but she finally goes back to

the ocean and Powell must live the rest of his life with the memory of her. Hervey returns and Powell sighs. Along the way, there is one very funny scene where Powell buys the top half of a two piece swim suit from clerk Field, then tries to explain why a bra is important to Blyth. Andrea King

drops by as a sexpot wench with eyes for Powell; then she sings a tune by Johnny Mercer and Robert Emmett Dolan called "The Caribbees" which makes little sense to the plot and was probably in there to attempt an Oscar award for Best Song. Two better mermaid films were MIRANDA and SPLASH, but this

is one that most people recall fondly. An oddity about the picture is that nine out of 10 who saw it think it was in color, but it wasn't. It plays well for the first 55 minutes, then starts to sink, and eventually goes belly up.

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