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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.

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Frederick Vogeding ...
Von Boulton - Schlemmer (as Fredrik Vogeding)
Esther Howard ...
Lily
Paul Page ...
Jackson
Trevor Bland ...
Waldridge
William J. Kelly ...
Dr. Chapman
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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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Adventure | Romance

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29 March 1933 (USA)  »

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Beneath the Sea  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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(Two-strip Technicolor)|

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1.37 : 1
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Diane Templeton: [shows Steve her microscope] Here, take a look. What do you see?
Steve 'Mac' McCreary: A lot of little maggots.
Diane Templeton: Well take a good look. A few million years ago, one of them was you. One day, maybe a million years later, you floated upwards, you and many others. The wheels of life began to turn. A billion living things were snuffed out. A few were launched into a new cycle, you among them, because you were strong. That's how life began. Ages went by, and you got the cells and the muscles that enabled you to think and ...
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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 amazon.com in any format. The web page for "nothings new video" says they are no longer in operation.


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