Below the Sea (1933)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Romance  |  29 March 1933 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Frederick Vogeding ...
Von Boulton - Schlemmer (as Fredrik Vogeding)
Esther Howard ...
Paul Page ...
Trevor Bland ...
William J. Kelly ...
Dr. Chapman


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 <>

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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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Did You Know?


A short documentary sequence on undersea life, filmed in two-strip technicolor, originally seen at the shipboard party at the beginning of the third reel, is now missing and apparently lost. See more »


Steve 'Mac' McCreary: ...If you ever try to cross me you're gonna land where that chest is - at the bottom of the sea.
Karl Schlemmer: You don't have to threaten me.
Steve 'Mac' McCreary: That ain't a threat. It's what the weather mugs call a forecast.
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Referenced in The Wreck Hunters: Dive to the Wreck of the USS Bass (2004) See more »

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another "fay wray has a wild adventure"
19 September 2007 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

The film opens with a sea battle, and a submarine going down, and for a large part of the remainder of the movie, we follow captain Schlemmer(Fred Vogeding) and Steve McCreary (Ralph Bellamy) as they try to bring its contents back up years later. Our female lead Diane Templeton is the lovely (and in this one, also educated and wealthy) Fay Wray. She will provide the ship and the money for her undersea research, or so she thinks. She had been making movies for 10 years by this time, although it was only Bellamy's second year. In 1933, Wray would make eleven films (wow!) Writer Jo Swerling had written numerous adventures from the 1920s to the 1970s, including portions of Gone With the Wind, and It's a Wonderful Life. Good strong script, mostly good acting; A couple scenes are a little fuzzy and out of focus, but it was 1933. Also a little naughty for its time, especially in the photography dark-room. Interesting discussion of evolution from Diane Templeton, as she shows McCreary around some laboratory. Good action film. Per IMDb, it appears to have been re-released in 2005, but I was not able to find it available on barnes & noble, ebay, or in any format. The web page for "nothings new video" says they are no longer in operation.

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