Mad About Men

Mad About Men
Directed by Ralph Thomas
Produced by Betty E. Box
Earl St. John (executive)
Written by Peter Blackmore
Screenplay by Peter Blackmore
Starring Glynis Johns
Donald Sinden
Anne Crawford
Margaret Rutherford
Music by Benjamin Frankel
Ronald Hanmer
Cinematography Ernest Steward
Edited by Gerald Thomas
Distributed by General Film Distributors
Release dates
  • 16 November 1954 (1954 -11-16)
Running time
90 min
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Mad About Men is a British comedy film, made in 1954 in Technicolor. It was directed by Ralph Thomas and written by Peter Blackmore, who also wrote the 1948 film Miranda which preceded Mad About Men. Glynis Johns appears in both films as the mermaid Miranda.[1]

Mad About Men was filmed in Polperro, Cornwall and Long Crendon, Oxfordshire.[2]


When gymnastics school teacher Caroline goes on holiday at her family's home in Cornwall, she meets her distant mermaid relative Miranda, who looks exactly like her. She agrees to let Miranda trade places with her, while she goes on a bicycling trip with a friend. Caroline feigns an accident, which leaves her confined to a wheelchair for a few weeks and gets nurse Carey to attend to Miranda. This conceals the fact that Miranda has a fish tail instead of legs.

Caroline is engaged to Ronald Baker, but when he shows up, Miranda does not like him at all. She decides to make Caroline a better match. She flirts outrageously with two eligible bachelors, Jeff Saunders and Colonel Barclay Sutton, right in front of Ronald. When she discovers that Ronald works in the government sanitation department (and approves of dumping garbage into the ocean), she dumps a tureen of cold soup on his head.

Meanwhile, Barbara Davenport, the colonel's fiancée, takes an understandable dislike to Miranda. While out swimming, she discovers Miranda's secret and arranges for "Caroline" to sing at a charity concert, plotting to reveal her true nature. Caroline reads about the forthcoming concert during her holiday, guesses what Barbara intends, and rushes back to take Miranda's place, foiling Barbara's scheme.

Afterward, Jeff takes Caroline boating. When he tries to kiss her, she resists at first, then willingly gives in, while a somewhat sad Miranda watches.


Critical reception


  1. "Mad about Men (1954) | BFI". Retrieved 2014-06-24.
  2. A Touch Of The Memoirs by Donald Sinden. Hodder & Stoughton Publ. (1982), pp. 203-4
  3. "Mad about Men | Film review and movie reviews". Radio Times. 2013-04-08. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
  4. "Mad About Men (1954) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
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