City Beneath the Sea (1953)

Passed  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  11 March 1953 (USA)
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Two American divers are distracted by fair ladies and skulduggery while trying to salvage a gold ship off Jamaica.



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Complete credited cast:
Terry McBride
Tony Bartlett
Suzan Ball ...
Venita aka Mary Lou Beetle
George Mathews ...
Capt. Meade aka Ralph Sorensen
Karel Stepanek ...
Dwight Trevor
Hilo Hattie ...
Mama Mary
Lalo Rios ...
John Warburton ...
Captain Clive
Peter Mamakos ...
Captain Pedro Mendoza
Barbara Morrison ...
Madame Cecile
LeRoi Antoine ...
Calypso singer
Leon Lontoc ...
Marya Marco ...
Half caste woman


Divers Brad and Tony arrive in Jamaica to attempt salvage of the "Lady Luck," sunk with all hands and a million in gold. They charter a boat, "American Beauty," skippered by attractive Terry McBride, but cannot find the ship. But there's more to the "Lady Luck" than meets the eye, and undersea skullduggery forms a counterpoint to Brad's romance with Terry, and Tony's with cabaret singer Venita. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Fabulous Lost World -- at the Bottom of the Sea!


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Release Date:

11 March 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Stadt unter dem Meer  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Brad Carlton: You'd better wake up, get your mind off money. Think of something constructive, like dames.
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Featured in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »


Written and Performed by LeRoi Antoine
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Highly enjoyable escapade from a great director
3 February 2007 | by (Braintree, MA) – See all my reviews

CITY BENEATH THE SEA lacks the complexity of Budd Boetticher's "best" work (his later "Ranown" westerns, the earlier THE BULLFIGHTER AND THE LADY), but it's highly sweet-smelling trash, with great wise guy performances by Robert Ryan and Anthony Quinn. Filled with almost as many double entendres as the most eyebrow-raising Sam Fuller works of the same period, it succeeds as pure entertainment even if you don't care a whit about the so-called plot (a race to discover sunken treasure amidst voodoo spells, wild dames and Technicolor Jamaican scenery). Good supporting performances by Mala Powers and Karel Stepanek, crackling dialogue and bizarre underwater scenes (part matte, part miniature, part studio tank). Don't expect RIDE LONESOME or SEVEN MEN FROM NOW and you'll find plenty to enjoy.

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