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The Mermaids of Tiburon (1962)

 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 9:18 pm    Post subject: The Mermaids of Tiburon (1962) Reply with quote




A little-known adventure yarn (with a great poster) about a marine biologist who discovers a race of mermaids and manages to win the trust of the Mermaid Queen.

The villain is a charter-boat skipper who wants to get his hands on the mermaids' treasure (a valuable horde of rare fire pearls). In 1965 a racier re-edited version was released under the name "The Aqua Sex".

Added scenes featured the wet charms of Diane Webber (alias Marguerite Empey of Playboy magazine). Produced, written, and directed by John Lamb.

[Also released as: "The Aqua Sex"]

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw this in both of its forms. THE MERMAIDS OF TIBURON and THE AQUA SEX are almost but not exactly the same movie. The latter title offers some bare-breasted mermaids. Very softcore and very brief, but still....

I saw THE AQUA SEX at Louisville's Savoy Theater which was, at the time, the local nudie palace. This was 1967, well before the days when hardcore escaped the smoky men's clubs and invaded public theaters. So, THAR SHE BLOWS and HOUSE ON BARE MOUNTAIN and NUDE ON THE MOON, followed by "the roughies", those were the most daring things available.

I ventured into the Savoy that day as a kind of scary experiment. The legal age for admittance was 18. I was 17. So I nervously plunked my money down at the box-office fully expecting the FBI or at least the Louisville police to jump out from somewhere and drag me off to the clink. But....nothing. So I walked right in.

I'd like to say that my reason for attending the Savoy that day was because I knew THE AQUA SEX was a fantasy and I was desperate to see it. Yeah. I'd like to say that. Wouldn't be the truth.

Anyway...

About 14 or 15 years later I caught MERMAIDS OF TIBURON on a late night movie in Cincinnati. Not one boobie on display.

Frankly, other than the fact that I saw them, I remember very very little about them. I remember some girls swimming around a boat. I remember that Timothy Carey was hanging around. I remember...nope, that's about it.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the mermaid costume was latter used in an episode of Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea (ABC 1964 - 1968).
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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On a semi-related note, am I the only one who wonders why mermaids (even in paintings) are always depicted with a distinct leg-shape to the lower body, and with the tail fin arranged horizontally when swimming, like a dolphin's —



— instead of with a straighter fish-shaped lower body and a vertically aligned fish tail, this way?



After all, a fish swims by moving its tail from side-to-side, not up-and-down like a dolphin. And being a loyal "leg man" myself, I don't want to see the suggestion of legs when I don't actually get to see legs. So, the tantalizing shape of the hips, thighs, and calves is just frustrating!

Watch Daryl Hannah in the clip below. She did as well as any woman could in Splash during her swimming scenes, but the awkward up-and-down movement doesn't approach the smooth swimming of either fish or dolphins.

And before somebody says, "But they have make it look that way because it's woman wearing a fake tail!", please remember that I started out saying that mermaids were depicted that way "even in paintings". So, just once I'd like to see a mermaid with a real "fish body" on the lower end, and not a rubber suit that obviously covers the legs.



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That "bobbing" motion used by mermaids was also used by Patrick Duffy in The Man From Atlantis (NBC 1977 - 1978).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_from_Atlantis
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bud Brewster wrote:

. . . After all, a fish swims by moving its tail from side-to-side, not up-and-down like a dolphin.

Most fish swim by undulating their entire bodies in a wave motion, while whales and dolphins propel themselves with their powerful tail flukes.

With the endless possibilities afforded by today's CGI effects, has anyone attempted to portray truly realistic mermaids on screen?


Robert (Butch) Day wrote:
That "bobbing" motion used by mermaids was also used by Patrick Duffy in The Man From Atlantis (NBC 1977 - 1978).

It was also used by Vladimir Korenev as Ichthyandr in the Russian fantasy Amphibian Man (1962). Frankly, it looks silly. And it's not really a very efficient way of swimming.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Frankly, it looks silly. And it's not really a very efficient way of swimming.

Exactly!

It isn't efficient for humans and quasi-humans, like mermaids. But dolphins and whales are built for it, from their heads to their tails. People don't have the right joints and muscles to make it work, so it isn't efficient.

However, if the lower half of a mermaid were more consistent with a dolphin (and not just "legs inside fish skin), she would swim fairly well with the familiar "horizontal" alignment of the tail. In fact, it would actually work better than the "vertical" fish alignment I proposed, simply because the wave motion Scotspen described would not work well with the human upper half of the body.

So, I guess the best way to actually "fix" the mermaid design would not be to change the alignment of the tail as I suggested, it would be to make the mermaid more like a dolphin from the waist down, instead of like a fish.

A bit more like this.



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bud, your description is almost exactly the way they were described by the ancient Phoenicians — who were the first to , uh, encounter "them".

The "modern depiction of mermaids actually comes from the late Dark Age to the early Middle Age (A. D 800 to A. D 1100).

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And returning to the movie in question, here's the, er, raunchier poster:

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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 6:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Custer wrote:
And returning to the movie in question, here's the, er, raunchier poster:


That comes across as a broken link for me.
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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One of the image hosts which Custer uses recently changed the ".org" suffix to ".cc" for some reason, and he's been correcting the URL's whenever he finds a broken one. I've been fixing the ones I've found, too, like the one above. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just managed to fix a few more... and even took out an example of those pesky multiple question marks, along the way!

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Thanks for the question mark removal! Very Happy

Were they in groups of two ( — ?? — ) or groups of three ( — ??? — ), like this?

I spent a few months search for the ??? groups using the Firefox "find" feature on the page of each thread, but the ?? groups were rare, occurring only when a word had something unusual, like an accent mark (as in cliché).

I figured it was better to just wait patiently and let the ?? groups be discovered during my routine browsing of the board.

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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was a twosome, and did indeed replace something unusual, though not unusual for me on my UK keyboard - a £ sign.
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