Night Tide (1961)

35mm film
mono (Westrex Recording System), English

An American horror film directed by Curtis Harrington.

Plot Summary

A young American sailor falls in love with a woman who may be a mermaid.


Directed by: Curtis Harrington
© [not given on screen]
A Phoenix film
Executive Producer: Jules Schwartz
Produced by: Aram Kantarian
Associate Producer: H. Duane Weaver
Written by: Curtis Harrington
Assistant Director: Karl Romaine
Photography: Vilis Lapenieks
Film Editor: Jodie Copelan
Music: David Raksin
Coffee House Music: Seaweed [by] Jimmy Bond; The Tell Tale Harp [by] David Raskin
Bongos: Chaino
Music Editor: Sid Sidney
Sound Editor: Marvin Walowitz
Production Design: Paul Mathison
Production Assistants: David Blewitt, David McDonald
Choreography: Benjamin Zemach

Dennis Hopper (Johnny Drake)
Linda Lawson as Mora
Gavin Muir (Captain Sam Murdock)
Luana Anders (Ellen Sands)
Marjorie Eaton (fortune-teller)
Tom Dillon (merry-go-round owner)
H.E. West (Lieutenant Henderson)
Ben Roseman
Cameron (woman in black)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.7 p.49
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.20 p.43
  • Cinema vol.1 no.2 (1963) p.22 – review
  • Classic Images no.281 (November 1998) p.42 – video review (Video views by John Nangle)
  • The Daily Cinema no.9339 (3 March 1967) p.5 – credits, review
  • Empire no.247 (January 2010) pp.184-185 – illustrated article (The top 10: Movie mermaids by Simon Braund)
  • Films and Filming vol.13 no.10 (July 1967) p.20 – credits, review
  • Kine Weekly no.3099 (4 March 1967) p.17 – credits, review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.34 no.399 (April 1967) p.61 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.230 no.7 (4 September 1963) p.884 – credits, review
  • Sight & Sound vol.20 no.5 (May 2010) pp.95-96 – DVD review (by Tom Charity)
  • Sight & Sound vol.30 no.3 (Summer 1961) p.141 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Variety 6 September 1961 – credits, review


  • The 100 Best Movies You've Never Seen by Richard Crouse p.161-163
  • American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig pp.271-272
  • American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson pp.94, 95
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.145
  • Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures by Mark Thomas McGee pp.318
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.318
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis p.194
  • Kine & TV Year Book 1968 p.126
  • by Walt Lee p.336 – credits
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.307-310