In the midst of a sweltering summer, let’s dive once again into the cool waters of John Lamb‘s Mermaids of Tiburon (1962). Bad guy Milo Sangster looks sneaky as he is about to reveal one of the coveted “flame pearls” to his Mexican sidekick Pepe Gallardo (Jose Gonzales-Gonzales).
Our pic of the day is a delightfully evil shot of bad guy Milo Sangster from John Lamb‘s Mermaids of Tiburon (1962). While pushing some equipment around on his boat, Timothy manages to direct this wicked grin right into the camera.
Tim’s old friend and former roommate Gil Barreto is in the cast list here, but I’m not sure that he actually appears in the film as it’s available today (on DVD and also at Fandor). They had both just come off the taxing four-year ordeal that was the shooting of The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962). Lamb was the underwater photographer for several television series, including Sea Hunt and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Diane Webber, who appears here as the Mermaid Queen, also portrayed a mermaid in the Voyage episode entitled, strangely enough, “The Mermaid” (01/29/67). It was directed by Jerry Hopper, who directed Tim in Alaska Seas (1954). Lamb again helmed the underwater sequences. Alas, it’s a mostly dreadful episode.
Today’s pic takes us back to Mermaids of Tiburon (1962), directed by underwater photography specialist John Lamb and starring actress, model and belly dancer Diane Webber as the Mermaid Queen. Timothy and henchman Jose Gonzales-Gonzales are in hot pursuit of the mermaids’ hidden treasure, the mysterious “flame pearls.”
Also appearing in this film is Tim’s old friend and former roommate Gil Barreto. He played Alonzo, Clarence Hilliard’s Mexican gardener, in The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962) as well.
Today’s pic is from John Lamb’s underwater fantasy-adventure The Mermaids of Tiburon (1962). Tim is bad guy Milo Sangster, out to rob the mermaids of their stash of “flame pearls.”
The Queen of the Mermaids was portrayed by Playboy Playmate, model, naturist and belly dancer Diane Webber. Mermaids was turned into a lame “adults only” feature a few years later, when new shots of topless mermaids (with no fish tails, just bathing suits and swim fins) were added and the title was changed to Aqua Sex. Not sure why they even bothered.