Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid

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Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid
Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical Film Poster
Directed by Irving Pichel
Produced by Nunnally Johnson
Gene Fowler, Jr. (associate producer)
Written by Guy Jones (novel)
Constance Jones (novel)
Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson
Starring William Powell
Ann Blyth
Music by Robert Emmet Dolan
Cinematography Russell Metty
Edited by Marjorie Fowler
Nunnaly Johnson Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • August 11, 1948 (1948-08-11) (United States)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid is a 1948 American fantasy film directed by Irving Pichel starring William Powell and Ann Blyth in the title roles. Irene Hervey plays 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 midlife crisis as he approaches his 50th birthday. Much of the story is shown in flashback as Peabody tells his skeptical doctor the source of his 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.


Home release[edit]

The film was initially released by on DVD by ATI Corp,[1] and was re-released by Olive Films (Distributed by Paramount Pictures) on DVD and Blu-ray on July 8, 2014.[2]


The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:


There is a famous photograph of a smiling Ann Blyth as the mermaid being held in the arms of Glenn Strange as the Frankenstein Monster, although unfortunately this is only a backstage publicity photo.

In Action Comics #130 (March 1949), Superman becomes infatuated with a real-life mermaid called Ann Blyth. The producers of the film turned to DC Comics to aid in promotion.

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