Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)
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In August of 1948 the Yanks released their own fantasy about a man (who's seeing a doctor) catching a mermaid. Many of the jokes and plot elements used in the Brit movie, "Miranda", manage to show up in this American production (quelle surprise!) yet the pace is slower, the production matter-of-fact, the overall aim different (and even sleazy at times!), resulting in a piece with less charisma. Powell gives his all, but Blyth steals the effort entirely with no lines whatsoever and she is the reason to watch this.
Minor bit of fluff beneath William Powell's talents.
In this midlife crisis fantasy film, William Powell plays a married man turning 50, falling in love with a much younger woman. Nothing new here, except for the fact she's a mermaid. What could have been a comedy along the lines of Incredible Mr. Limpet, this film failed to come anywhere close. Even the great Powell seemed to be bored, as he lacks his usual charm and energy. I had such high expectations for this film.
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