Pic of the Day: “Mermaids of Tiburon” revisited

Our pic of the day revisits Mermaids of Tiburon (1962), directed by underwater cinematography expert John Lamb. Wetsuit-clad bad guy Milo Sangster has just decked (literally) the hero, Dr. Sam Jamison (George Rowe).

Mermaids of Tiburon

Lamb fared much better as the director of underwater cinematography on television (Sea Hunt and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) than he did as a film director, unfortunately. After Mermaids, he produced and directed forgettable low-budget sleaze, finally hanging it up in 1986. He passed away 20 years later.

Pic of the Day: “Mermaids of Tiburon” revisited

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.