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Mara Maru (1952)

An American salvage diver plunges into dangerous intrigue around a sunken treasure in the Philippines.

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Gregory Mason
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Stella Callahan
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Brock Benedict
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Steven Ranier
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Andy Callahan
Dan Seymour ...
Lt. Zuenon
Georges Renavent ...
Ortega (as George Renavent)
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Manuelo
Henry Marco ...
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Greg Mason, salvage diver in the Philippines, finds his partner Andy drunk and raving about treasure. Whatever it is, somebody wants it badly enough to kill Andy and frame Mason for murder. Cleared by an insinuating private eye, Mason is immersed in intrigue, with detective Rainier, sinister Benedict, mysterious Orgega, and Andy's comely widow all somehow involved. Soon various parties, not really trusting each other, are on a sea voyage to dive for they know not what... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Tropical Treasure! Typhoon! and Temptation!...and the devil sailed with them on the terror-ship called Mara Maru!

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23 April 1952 (USA)  »

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La croce dei diamani  »

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1.37 : 1
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Every day during filming, Errol Flynn would drive on the Warner Bros. lot wearing a windbreaker with no shirt, slacks with no underwear and shoes with no socks. The wardrobe people would provide him with a shirt, underwear and socks, and at the end of the day's filming he would wear them home. The next day he would arrive on the lot, again with no shirt, underwear or socks, and again he would be supplied those items by wardrobe. Co-star Paul Picerni noticed it after several days, and asked Flynn what he did with all the shirts, socks and underwear he'd accumulated after several weeks of filming. Flynn replied that he threw them in a closet when he got home. Picerni asked, "But what do you do with them?" Flynn replied, "Nothing. It just gives me pleasure to steal from [Jack L. Warner]. See more »

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Gregory Mason: [Taken aback by Rair's prissy appearance] So you were andy's bodyguard? Eh, come again?
Steven Ranier: Don't be misled, Mr. mason. I keep my trousers pressed, my nails polished, but I also keep my biceps in trim.
[He takes out a luger]
Steven Ranier: Especially this one.
[He smiles]
Steven Ranier: [Dryly] Quite a muscle.
Steven Ranier: I like it.
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Baby Face
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Music by Harry Akst
Played during the Venus Bar scene
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Competent treasure hunt saga
27 May 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Errol Flynn plays "Mason" co-owner of a salvage operstion based in Manila.His partner ,Callahan ,is a drunk who claims that he has the key to a fortune in lost diamonds ,sunk on board a vessel fleeing Manila before the Japanese occupation.When he is murdered suspicion falls on Mason especially when it becomes clear there is a mutual attraction between him and Callahan's widow (Ruth Roman ).Cleared of murder by the testimony of a private eye ,Ranier (well played by Paul Picerni)he is hired by the wealthy Benedict (Raymond Burr )to track down the treasure. The scene is set for betrayal ,shipwreck and a lively climax in the catacombs under Manila Cathedral. The movie sags a little in the underwater scenes which are murky and uninvolving but overall its a lively if minor thriller albeit one in which the ravages of the star's off screen debauchery are reflected in Flynn's appearance and slightly weary performance.Burr is admirable as the heavy and Roman is fine like most of the cast while the Max Steiner score is a big bonus.

Good time passer but a long way from the stars glory days.


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