Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid
|Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid|
|Directed by||Irving Pichel|
|Produced by||Nunnally Johnson
Gene Fowler, Jr. (associate producer)
|Written by||Guy Jones (novel)
Constance Jones (novel)
|Music by||Robert Emmet Dolan|
|Running time||89 minutes|
Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid is a 1948 fantasy film starring William Powell and Ann Blyth in the title roles. Irene Hervey played Mr. Peabody's wife. The film was based on the 1945 novel Peabody's Mermaid by Guy and Constance Jones. Sequences were shot at the Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida.
The film stars William Powell as Arthur Peabody, who is undergoing a mid-life crisis as he approaches his 50th birthday. Much of the story is shown in flashback as Peabody tells his skeptical doctor the source of malaise.
Peabody goes on vacation with his wife Polly (Irene Hervey) to a Caribbean resort. While there, he hears singing coming from a distant key (small island) and takes his boat to do a little fishing. To his surprise, he reels in Lenore, a beautiful mermaid played by Ann Blyth.
Although mute, Lenore is mischievous and childlike and more than a little bit alluring – so much so that before long Peabody has taught her to kiss. He hides Lenore by letting her soak in a suds-filled bathtub and then in the resort’s fish pond. But confusion ensues as his wife thinks he has a big fish in their bathtub and later suspects him of infidelity with Cathy Livingston (Andrea King), a vacationing singer.
Things get even more complicated when, after Polly returns home without Peabody, police suspect him of murder. But by the film's conclusion, Peabody and his wife are happily back at home in Boston with only Lenore’s comb left to prove the reality of his adventure.
- William Powell as Arthur Peabody
- Ann Blyth as Lenore the Mermaid
- Irene Hervey as Mrs. Polly Peabody
- Andrea King as Cathy Livingston
- Clinton Sundberg as Mike Fitzgerald
- Art Smith as Dr. Harvey
- Lydia Bilbrook Voice (uncredited)
- American Film Institute Lists
- Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid at the TCM Movie Database
- Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid at the Internet Movie Database
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