Tarzan and the Mermaids
|Tarzan and the Mermaids|
|Directed by||Robert Florey|
|Produced by||Sol Lesser|
|Written by||Edgar Rice Burroughs (characters)
Carroll Young (screenplay)
|Based on||Characters created by
by Edgar Rice Burroughs
|Music by||Dimitri Tiomkin|
|Edited by||Merrill G. White|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures Inc.|
|Running time||68 min.|
Tarzan and the Mermaids is a 1948 adventure film based on the Tarzan character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Directed by Robert Florey, it was the last of twelve Tarzan movies to star Johnny Weissmuller in the title role. It was also the first Tarzan film since 1939 not to feature the character Boy, adopted son of Tarzan and Jane. (Boy was described in the film as being away at school, and the character never returned to the series.)
The setting is an African village where swimming and diving are central to the culture, hence the term "the Mermaids." Tarzan and Jane (Brenda Joyce) help a native girl (Linda Christian) who has fled the village to avoid a forced marriage to a supposed local god. George Zucco portrays Palanth, the corrupt high priest attempting to force the girl into marriage, and Fernando Wagner plays a con man impersonating the god Balu.
- Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan
- Brenda Joyce as Jane
- George Zucco as Palanth, the High Priest
- Andrea Palma as Luana, Mara's Mother
- Fernando Wagner as Varga, Pearl Trader
- Edward Ashley as Commissioner
- John Laurenz as Benji
- Gustavo Rojo as Tiko, Mara's Fiancé
- Matthew Boulton as British Inspector-General
- Linda Christian as Mara
The film was shot in Mexico by RKO during its collaboration with Churubusco Studios at Acapulco, Teotihuacan and Mexico City. It was the first official Tarzan film to be filmed outside the United States since Herman Brix's The New Adventures of Tarzan.
Two members of the film crew were killed during production. One Mexican crew member was crushed by a motorboat whilst Angel Garcia, a stunt diver who doubled for Tarzan's high dive, was killed after he survived the dive but was swept by the surf into the rocks of the cliffs.
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