Seaman Johnny Drake (Dennis Hopper), on shore leave, finds a "Mermaid" sideshow attraction at the marina, operated by Captain Murdock (Gavin Muir). The "Mermaid" Mora (Linda Lawson), who lives in a hotel above the marina merry-go-round and Johnny fall for each other. Everyone around them is wary of the romance, as her previous lovers have died mysteriously.
Filmed in an interesting era for independent cinema in Los Angeles, beginning with John Parker's Dementia (1955), director Curtis Harrington was influenced by Edgar Allen Poe, making use of Arcane overtones, murder and mystery, all are at play in this work of screen art. Dennis Hopper (Easy Rider, 1969) displays his early genius and intensity, touched with a gritty naïveté'. Shot against the backdrop and landscape of 1950's LA Noir.
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