"Night Tide" (1961) features Dennis Hopper as Johnny Drake, who meets Mora, a sideshow performer who believes she’s siren—a legendary creature that lures men to watery graves. Since Mora’s last two boyfriends drowned, you’d think Johnny would back off, but hey, he likes her. Thinking she’s simply delusional, he joins her for a deep dive from which he might never return.
For "Night Tide", Harrington cast a young Dennis Hopper as the lead role of Johnny Drake. Hopper graduated from Helix High School in Los Angeles, California, and was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" by his senior class. Hopper appeared in many television shows throughout the 50s, but it wasn't until 1954 that he landed a role in his first film, "Johnny Guitar", soon followed by "Rebel without a Cause" (1955).
Brandon EyreBrandon Eyre, curator of The Living Planet Aquarium, discusses the film “Night Tide” and the facts behind mermaids.
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