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Miranda (1948) – IMDb

02 May

A young married physician discovers a mermaid, and gives into her request to be taken to see London. Comedy and romantic entanglements ensue soon after.

http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0040597/

Miranda is a 1948 British comedy film, directed by Ken Annakin and written by Peter Blackmore, who also wrote the play of the same name from which the film was adapted. Denis Waldock provided additional dialogue. A light comedy, the film is about a beautiful and playful mermaid played by Glynis Johns and her effect on Griffith Jones. Googie Withers and Margaret Rutherford are also featured in the film. Glynis Johns and Margaret Rutherford reprised their roles in the 1954 sequel, Mad About Men.

Music for the film was played by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Muir Mathieson. The sound director was B. C, Sewell.

Plot Summary

With his wife uninterested in fishing, Dr. Paul Martin goes on a holiday on the Cornwall coast alone. There he snags Miranda, a mermaid, and is pulled into the water. She keeps him prisoner in her underwater cavern and only lets him go after he agrees to show her London. He disguises her as an invalid patient in a wheelchair and takes her to his home for a month-long stay.

Martin’s wife Clare reluctantly agrees to the arrangement, but gets him to hire someone to look after their guest. He selects Nurse Carey for her eccentric nature and takes her into his confidence. To Paul’s relief, Carey is delighted to be working for a mermaid as she always believed they exist.

Miranda’s seductive nature earns her the admiration of not only Paul, but also his chauffeur Charles, as well as Nigel, the fiancé of Clare’s friend and neighbour Isobel, arousing the jealousy of the women in their lives. Nigel breaks off his engagement, but when he and Charles discover that Miranda has been flirting with both of them, they come to their senses.

Clare finally figures out what sort of creature Miranda really is. Miranda overhears her telling Paul that the public must be told. She wheels herself down to the river and makes her escape.

In the final scene, Miranda is shown on a rock, holding a merbaby on her lap:

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Although. the film” Miranda” was produced in the U.K., it was popularized in the United States because Hollywood was known as the film capitol of the world.

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5 responses to “Miranda (1948) – IMDb

  1. NikeChillemi

    May 16, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Beautiful B&W mermaid and child photo. Classic, classy.

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  2. oldpoet56

    June 2, 2016 at 2:58 am

     
  3. America On Coffee

    June 2, 2016 at 5:36 am

    Thanks for the reblog

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  4. dancingpalmtrees

    June 16, 2016 at 2:44 am

    I know this is a dumb question but isn’t this the same plot as Splash the 1984 movie with Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks. Just wondering? Please correct me if I’m wrong. Thanks.

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  5. America On Coffee

    June 16, 2016 at 3:43 am

    It is not a dumb question. The movie plots differ. In Splash, Tom Hanks had a strange near-drowning experience and he was saved by a mermaid. The event of a mermaid saving his life, he felt, was unreal. Some years later, he revisited the waters where his life-saving event occurred, and was reunited with the same mermaid.

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