To install click the Add extension button. That's it.

The source code for the WIKI 2 extension is being checked by specialists of the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and Apple. You could also do it yourself at any point in time.

Kelly Slayton
Congratulations on this excellent venture… what a great idea!
Alexander Grigorievskiy
I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like.
Live Statistics
English Articles
Improved in 24 Hours
Added in 24 Hours
What we do. Every page goes through several hundred of perfecting techniques; in live mode. Quite the same Wikipedia. Just better.

Tarzan and the Mermaids

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tarzan and the Mermaids
Tarzan and the Mermaids (movie poster).jpg
Directed byRobert Florey
Written byEdgar Rice Burroughs (characters)
Carroll Young (screenplay)
Based onCharacters created
by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Produced bySol Lesser
StarringJohnny Weissmuller
Brenda Joyce
George Zucco
Andrea Palma
CinematographyJack Draper
Gabriel Figueroa
Edited byMerrill G. White
Music byDimitri Tiomkin
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Release dates
  • April 27, 1948 (1948-04-27) (Premiere-Los Angeles)[1]
  • May 15, 1948 (1948-05-15) (U.S.)[1]
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 films 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.)


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

The setting is a coastal 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.



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. Writing in Turner Classic Movies, Richard Harlan Smith reported that "[s]ets were destroyed by storms, Sol Lesser suffered a heart attack that necessitated his departure from the location, and Weissmuller experienced a case of sunburn which required him to wear make-up for the first time in his career."[3]

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. 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 below the cliff.[4]


Author and film critic Hal Erickson described the film in AllMovie as a "diverting Tarzan adventure" despite "jungle settings [that] don't look particularly African."[5] Critic Graeme Clark wrote that Weissmuller "seemingly spen[t] half the movie freestyling through the waves, diving off cliffs and venturing to the sea bed where he could get up to such business as battling a giant octopus for no other reason than the plot needed a spot of peril" and "if you could put up with singer John Laurenz as a Boy substitute (many cannot) then the skill of veteran director Robert Florey kept it rattling along."[6]


  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. ^ Smith, Richard Harlan. "Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948)". Turner Classic Movies. Turner Classic Movies Inc. Retrieved 2022-09-09.
  4. ^ p.169 Vernon, Alex On Tarzan 2008 University of Georgia Press
  5. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948)". AllMovie. Netaktion LLC. Retrieved 2022-09-09.
  6. ^ Clark, Graeme. "Tarzan and the Mermaids Review". The Spinning Image. The Spinning Image. Retrieved 2022-09-09.

External links

This page was last edited on 20 October 2022, at 15:20
Basis of this page is in Wikipedia. Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported License. Non-text media are available under their specified licenses. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. WIKI 2 is an independent company and has no affiliation with Wikimedia Foundation.