I first got to know George Hamilton Westmore on the film set of "Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid". Bud he had worked at Paramount and 20th Century-Fox and then would become the chief makeup arts at Universal Studios. After "Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid" we both worked on location shooting in Utah, this was my first western, Red Canyon (1949). All this time I would get to know Ann a little more every time we met, but it was only after this film did we see one another after work. It was also on a backlot at Universal Studios, we were shooting a scene from "Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid". Also on the next lot at Universal Studios there were shutting "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" was filming. Tourists were shocked to see Glenn Strange's Frankenstein Monster having lunch with Ann in her fishtail costume. Both Strange and Lon Chaney in his Wolfman make-up were invited to the Mr. Peabody wrap party, where they hammed it up in make-up. Bud was in his element, the amount of time he put into working on these two films was amazing... “In the 1948 film, Mr Peabody and the Mermaid, a sparkling mermaid tail complements Ann Blyth’s Joseff of Hollywood hair combs. A glass jewel was sewn onto each scale on the tail, some four thousand jewels in total. The 4′ foot long sponge rubber tail, which cost $23,000 to make, was first molded in clay & plaster. Ann Blyth played the role of the innocent mute mermaid. 19 year old Blyth was 5’2″ and weighed less than 100 pounds. After being dressed in her mermaid tail for her filming scenes, the petite actress was carried on a stretcher onto the studio set by staff. Small lead weights were placed at the bottom of the rubber tail to keep it from floating to the surface during Blyth’s water scenes.”
"Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid".
by John Waco Jr August. 22, 2017 1080 views
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