February 21, 2017


Miranda – 1948 | 80 mins | Comedy | B&W

Plot Synopsis


Ken Annakinís light-hearted fishy fantasy based on the play by Peter Blackmore. Starring Glynis Johns as the eponymous eye-catching mermaid, it’s never exactly funny but the script is certainly enchanting. The film was a huge success and fashioned a sequel; Mad About Men (1954).

While on a fishing holiday to Cornwall, Harley Street specialist Dr. Paul Marton (Griffith Jones) is rescued from a watery grave by a rather unusual creature – a mermaid named Miranda (Glynis Johns). Excited by her catch, Miranda threatens to keep him in her cave unless he takes her to London for a holiday, reluctantly Marton agrees and takes her home under the guise of a wheelchair-bound patient. Once in the city, Miranda proceeds to captivate every young man around her, but the eccentric local Nurse Cary (Margaret Rutherford) and Martonís jealous wife Clare (Googie Withers) begin to wonder about their glamorous guest’s predilection for raw seafood sandwiches and saltwater cocktails. Soon Miranda has a string of lovesick suitors competing for her attention, but she quickly becomes homesick for the sea, returning to care for her new baby.

Production Team

Ken Annakin: Director
George Paterson: Art Direction
Ray Elton: Cinematography
Gordon Hales: Film Editing
Len Garde: Makeup Department
Temple Abady: Original Music
Betty E Box: Producer
Denis Waldock: Script
M Hobbs: Sound Department
BC Sewell: Sound Department


Glynis Johns: Miranda Trewella
Googie Withers: Clare
Griffith Jones: Paul Martin
John McCallum: igel
David Tomlinson: Charles
Yvonne Owen: Betty
Sonia Holm: Isobel
Margaret Rutherford: Nurse Carey

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