Miranda (1948)

UK, 1948
80m, 7209 feet/2197 metres
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

A British fantasy film directed by Ken Annakin. When it began filming, Michael C. Chorlton was the director and Bryan Langley the cameraman but both were replaced very early in production.

Plot Summary

A Harley Street doctor returns from his holiday with an unusual guest – a mermaid named Miranda.


Directed by: Ken Annakin
© 1948 Gainsborough Pictures (1928) Ltd.
J. Arthur Rank presents a Gainsborough picture. Released through General Film Distributors Ltd.
Produced by: Betty E. Box
Associate Producer: Roy Rich
Adapted from his own stage play ‘Miranda’ by: Peter Blackmore
Additional Dialogue: Dennis Waldock
Director of Photography: Ray Elton
Editor: Gordon Hales
Music Composed by: Temple Abady
Director of Sound: B.C. Sewell
Recordist: M. Hobbs
Wardrobe Supervisor: Yvonne Caffin
Make-up: Len Garde
Hairdresser: Ivy Emmerton [uncredited]
The Mermaid’s Tail by: Dunlop
Art Director: George Paterson
Made at: Gainsborough Studios
Locations: Carlyon Bay, St Austell, Cornwall, England, UK; Looe, Cornwall, England, UK; Polperro, Cornwall, England, UK [uncredited]

Glynis Johns (Miranda)
Googie Withers (Clare Marten)
Griffith Jones (Paul Marten)
John McCallum (Nigel Hood)
David Tomlinson (Charles)
Yvonne Owen (Betty)
Sonia Holm (Isobel Lambert)
Margaret Rutherford (Nurse Cary)
Brian Oulton (Manell)
Zena Marshall (secretary)
Lyn Evans (inn landlord)
Stringer Davis (museum attendant)
Hal Osmond (railway carman)
Maurice Denham (cockle vendor)
Charles Penrose [stage manager – uncredited]
Charles Victor [drunk – uncredited]
Susan Shaw [Margaret, Isobel’s maid – uncredited]
Anthony Drake [commissionaire – uncredited]
Charles Rolfe [1st man at cockle stall – uncredited]
Charles Paton [2nd man at cockle stall – uncredited]
Frank Webster [commissioner – uncredited]
Toni McMillan [Nigel’s landlady – uncredited]
Gerald Campion [lift boy – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

Amores de sirena – Argentine title
Merenneito nousee maihin – Finnish title
Miranda på krogen – Danish title
Miranda, sjöjungfrun – Swedish title
Sereia Tentadora – Portuguese title

Mad About Men (1954)

See Also
C-Hunt: The Epic Saga (1985)
Helter Skelter (1949)
Miranda (1949)
Red Dwarf: Better Than Life (1988)
Splash (1984)
Splash, Too (1988)
Talk Dirty to Me Part III (1984)
Talk Dirty to Me: Part 4 (1987)
Under Milk Wood (1971)



  • Cinema and Theatre vol.15 no.2 (January 1948) p.17 – review
  • Empire no.247 (January 2010) pp.184-185 – illustrated article (The top 10: Movie mermaids by Simon Braund)
  • Illustrierte Film-Bühne no.271 (March 1949) p.4 – review
  • Kine Weekly no.2136 (8 April 1948) – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.15 no.172 (April 1948) p.47 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.174 no.3 (15 January 1949) – review
  • Today’s Cinema vol.70 no.5629 (2 April 1948) – review


  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.305 – illustrated credits