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Below the Sea (1933)

Passed | | Adventure, Romance | 29 March 1933 (USA)
A wealthy woman funds an underwater expedition to explore for marine life, but what she doesn't know is that her "colleagues" have other intentions.


(as Albert Rogell)


(screen play)


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After a German U-boat is sunk near the end of World War I, it's captain, the only living member of the crew 15 years later, plots to retrieve the gold bullion that went down with the boat. He enlists the financial help of a woman who owns a waterfront dive, and a world-renowned undersea diver, but when the ship the woman bankrolls sinks, the two men sign on to an expedition bankrolled by another woman -- this time with scientific knowledge being her motive. They plan to use the expedition's equipment to dive to the wreck and bring up the gold. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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expedition | gold | ship | german | u boat | See All (30) »


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Release Date:

29 March 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beneath the Sea  »

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| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)


(Two-strip Technicolor)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film survives only in black and white. See more »


[Diane has brought Steve into the ship's darkroom, ostensibly to demonstrate her competence in the photographic arts. Impulsively, he grabs her and kisses her passionately]
Diane Templeton: [flirtatiously] Does this come under the heading of science or art? Whichever it is, you have definite possibilities.
[He releases her from the clutch and spins her around. Her tone changes to anger]
Diane Templeton: Disappointed?
Steve 'Mac' McCreary: [snarling] Yeah.
Diane Templeton: Why?
Steve 'Mac' McCreary: I wanted to find out if you were the sort of woman I figured ya, and y'are.
Diane Templeton: I suppose you'd've...
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Referenced in The Wreck Hunters: Dive to the Wreck of the USS Bass (2004) See more »

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28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Below the Sea (1933)

** (out of 4)

A German sub goes down carrying gold during WW1 and years later the commander (Fredrik Vogeding) and a scuba diver (Ralph Bellamy) head back to see if they can locate the treasure. The two exploit a woman (Fay Wray) who believes they are just going to sea to use a new diving bell, which can help them discover new things on the ocean floor. This film is pretty damn bland and boring but it does have a couple great sequences including the ending, which goes from camp to high adventure as a gigantic octopus attacks the diving bell and Bellamy must fight it. Seeing this fake looking octopus fighting Bellamy is worth sitting through the 78-minute running time. Also worthy is a great sequence out at sea where a ship gets caught in a storm but the opening sinking of the sub is also handled very well. All three actors deliver fine performances but the screenplay really lets them down because all they do is constantly fight, argue and make up and this gets very tiresome very quickly.

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