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Deep Waters (1948)

Approved | | Drama | 26 May 1949 (Finland)
A Maine lobster fisherman, trained as an architect, prefers to be a fisherman over the objections of his fiancée. The latter, a welfare worker for the state, finds a home for a 12-year-old ... See full summary »

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A Maine lobster fisherman, trained as an architect, prefers to be a fisherman over the objections of his fiancée. The latter, a welfare worker for the state, finds a home for a 12-year-old orphan who loves the sea. He and the fisherman become friends but the fiancée, fearful of the dangers of sea life, forces the fisherman to restrict the boy from his boat. Denied the life he loves, the boy, in retribution, steals a camera and is sent to reform school. The couple marries and succeeds in getting a judge to grant a petition allowing them to adopt the boy. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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While filming, Jean Peters was met by a fan several times, who bombarded her with marriage proposals. Peters turned him down every time, but the man did not quit proposing until she informed him that marrying her would mean taking care of her family. See more »

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An unusual change of pace for Dana Andrews...and a welcome one.
19 February 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very nice family film...the sort of project you just don't see any more...and that's a real shame. The story is set in a small fishing village in Maine and has a lovely cast of characters. It surprised me to see Dana Andrews and Cesar Romero as lobstermen...but it worked. Additionally, Jean Peters and Dean Stockwell round out the excellent cast.

When the story begins, social worker Ann (Peters) and lobsterman Hod (Andrews) just broke their engagement. It seems that she hates having a husband in such a dangerous line of work and Hod just doesn't want any other sort of life.

Soon Ann brings a troubled boy into town to be placed in a foster home. It seems that Donny is an orphan and has been passed from foster home to foster home and Ann hopes that the kind but no- nonsense Mary (Ann Revere) can make the kid feel at home. But what really makes the boy want to stay put is the relationship he soon forges with Hod...as the kid comes from a long line of lobstermen and enjoys spending time on the water. But Ann, as a responsible social worker, intervenes when Hod takes the boy for a day out on the water. She insists that this is too dangerous for the boy...and the kid is heartbroken. So what's next for everyone in this little town?

This film had a lot going for it. The acting was lovely and seeing Andrews in Maine was actually very nice--though he sure sounded very Middle America and so did many of the other actors. As for Romero, while a very cultured Mexican-American, here he ably plays a Portuguese sailor with a very strong accent. The one actor who did approximate the accent well was Ed Begley...but he was only a bit player in the picture. The exterior shots were all done in Maine and the location shoot was great. What also was great was the excellent storm sequence--with a rather realistic and seamless rear projection subbing for the real thing! And, to top it off, the direction and story were excellent. A bit of a sleeper that you rarely see on TV...but worth looking for sometime.

By the way, I was bawling away at the end...so you might wanna have some Kleenex handy. Sentimental? Of course...but never cloying or fake.


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