Tarzan and the Mermaids

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Tarzan and the Mermaids
Tarzan and the Mermaids (movie poster).jpg
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
Starring Johnny Weissmuller
Brenda Joyce
George Zucco
Andrea Palma
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Cinematography Jack Draper
Gabriel Figueroa
Edited by Merrill G. White
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Release date(s)
  • April 27, 1948 (1948-04-27) (Premiere-Los Angeles)[1]
  • May 15, 1948 (1948-05-15) (U.S.)[1]
Running time 68 min.
Language English

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 the Tarzan movies to star Johnny Weissmuller in the title role.


Mexican actresses Linda Christian and Andrea Palma in a scene of the film.

Brenda Joyce plays Jane and George Zucco portrays Palanth, a high priest attempting to force a young girl (Linda Christian) to marry a con man (Fernando Wagner) impersonating the god Balu.



The film was shot in Mexico by RKO during its collaboration with Churubusco Studios at Acapulco, Teotihuacan and Mexico City.[2] It was the first official Tarzan film to be filmed outside the United States since Herman Brix's The New Adventures of Tarzan.

The film is noted for its cinematography by Gabriel Figueroa, exotic Mexican scenery and coastal locales, a Dimitri Tiomkin score and much group singing.


Two members of the film crew were killed during production.[3] 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.


  1. ^ a b "Tarzan and the Mermaids: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ p.4 Schneider, Jerry L. Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Silver Screen Vol. IV The Locations 2009 Lulu
  3. ^ p.169 Vernon, Alex On Tarzan 2008 University of Georgia Press

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