Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)
“There’s much to be said for a woman — even an imperfect one — who lives, breathes, and exists only for the man she loves.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Unfortunately, while it’s clear that Peabody’s lust for Lenore is merely a symptom of his own male insecurity, his growing infatuation remains uncomfortable to watch — yet we’re stuck with nobody else to root for. While Ann Blyth does a nice job playing a character who must communicate exclusively through facial expressions and body language, she never emerges as a three-dimensional character, and Peabody’s wife (Irene Hervey) comes across as little more than a close-minded shrew. Meanwhile, an ongoing comedic riff about a morose investigator (Clinton Sundberg) who has recently given up both alcohol and cigarettes — and must deal with temptation everywhere he goes — is decidedly unfunny:
and Peabody’s biggest crisis — being double-crossed by Sundberg and eventually accused of murder — holds little interest. Ultimately, while Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid maintains a small coterie of devoted fans (click here to read a LOT more about this film’s inception — including the task of outfitting Blyth in her mermaid tail), it’s not must-see viewing.
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Not a must.
No doubt seen in its day as harmless/slightly ‘naughty’ piffle, audiences of the time may have been entertained by it but, true, it hasn’t aged well – and the average female ff, in particular, may yawn.