Mad About Men (1954)

Article 2257 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 5-21-2007
Posting Date: 10-17-2007
Directed by Ralph Thomas
Featuring Glynis Johns, Donald Sinden, Anne Crawford

A mermaid agrees to take the place of a woman whom she resembles for two weeks, and then proceeds to break up the engagement her look-alike had in favor of a new men.

This is the sequel to MIRANDA , a movie I saw several years ago and which didn’t particularly impress me. This one doesn’t impress me either. Glynis Johns is certainly lovely, and Margaret Rutherford and whoever plays the second mermaid (I didn’t catch her character name, so I don’t know the name of the actress who played her) are quite amusing, but the movie never really explores the comic possibilities of the plot, settling for a whimsical blandness that may be charming to some, dull and insipid to others. I’m afraid I hone closer to the latter grouping, and I was mostly bored by this one. My favorite scenes are the wilder ones, especially the one where the mermaid steals Margaret Rutherford’s nightie.


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