Article #993 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12/3/2003
Posting Date: 5/1/2004
Directed by Ken Annakin
Featuring Glynis Johns, Googie Withers, Griffith Jones
When a husband out on a fishing trip is held captive by a mermaid, she only allows him to return if he agrees to take her with him.
According to a few sources, this movie runs eighty minutes, but my print only runs about sixty-five; based on some of the jump cuts, I’d say the missing fifteen minutes occur somwhere near the beginning, which might explain the speed with which the movie gets to the encounter with the mermaid. It doesn’t really effect the plot all that much, but that’s because the plot is so slight to begin with; basically, the mermaid causes problems with three different romantic relationships because of her constant flirting with virtually every man she meets. It’s not bad, if not particularly engrossing, and everyone does a good job, though Margaret Rutherford steals the show as the nurse. The movie spawned a sequel, MAD ABOUT MEN.