Mad About Men (1954)
The 1954 British mermaid film "Mad About Men" features Spanish gold doubloons, items that mermaids
would have access to.
about a mermaid and three men. Miranda is a mermaid who feels that mermen are boring and
likes the land version better. She is always flirting with men, especially young handsome ones.
The film stars Glynis Johns as the mermaid and also as a girl who looks like her.
Swimming champion Caroline goes on vacation to Cornwall by the ocean.
Caroline has a stuffy possessive boyfriend Ronald who she wants to get away from.
2. Cornish Riviera Train
This engine is now an antique.
3. Caroline reading a newspaper
On the train Caroline meets Jeff.
4. Jeff reading Caroline
Caroline stays at a local inn with a prophetic name.
5. Hotel sign "The Mermaid Inn"
In Cornwall she meets her distant mermaid relative Miranda, who looks like her.
6. Miranda meets Caroline
Caroline and Miranda trade places so that Caroline can go on a bicycling trip.
Miranda impersonates Caroline and conceals her fish tail by telling people she had an accident
and using a wheelchair to get around.
Miranda has a mermaid friend Berengaria who is somewhat "goofy" and likes to steal clothes.
and Carey is familiar with the special requirements of mermaids.
7. Nurse Carey reading a western story magazine
The magazine she is reading is:
First January Number (of 1954)
"Bully of Burnt Bench" by Frank C. Robertson
"Dusty Promise" by Ben Smith
8. Nurse Carey
To get spending money Miranda hauls up a box filled with jewelry and old Spanish gold doubloons.
9. Treasure box with jewelry and coins
The coins in the box are supposed to be Spanish gold doubloons
This is Spanish doubloon gold coin:
10. Spanish gold doubloon (eight escudos) 1806 - Mexico City Mint
She and Carey take the coins to a pawn shop and sell them to the owner.
Carey warns her that pawnbrokers are sharks and Miranda replies that she is used to
dealing with sharks.
11. Caroline and Carey at the pawnshop
This is a full-service pawn shop:
The signs on the doors and windows read:
Cash Advanced on Plate-Jewellery
Foreign Money Exchanged
Best Prices Given / Old Gold / Antique Coins
Dealers in Antique Furniture / Watch Repairs
The name below the window looks like "Harry Diamond & Son", a large chain of
British jewelry shops.
and wheels out with a load of cash.
12. Miranda gives the pawnbroker the "treatment"
13. The pawnbroker examines a coin
14. The pawnbroker hands over the money
Miranda sees a picture of Caroline's boyfriend and decides to find a better match for her.
When the boyfriend Ronald turns up, she flirts with two eligible bachelors, Jeff Saunders and
Colonel Barclay Sutton, in front of Ronald.
15. Caroline and two lads
He tells Caroline that he works in the sanitation department which dumps garbage into the ocean.
Miranda obviously doesn't like that and she graphically dumps soup on Sutton.
She arranges for "Caroline" to sing at a charity concert and plans to expose her.
Caroline reads about the concert and hurries home to switch places with Miranda.
Caroline is a mermaid, Caroline proceeds to hike up her dress showing her legs and doing a dance.
16. Caroline gets her man as Miranda looks on
Glynis Johns as Caroline Trewella / Miranda Trewella
Donald Sinden as Jeff Saunders
Margaret Rutherford as Nurse Carey
Dora Bryan as Berengaria (mermaid)
Anne Crawford as Barbara Davenport
Nicholas Phipps as Col. Barclay Sutton
Anthony Oliver as Pawnbroker (the coin dealer)
Writer: Peter Blackmore
Producers: Betty E. Box, Group Film Productions Limited, General Film Distributors
Mermaid tails: Dunlop