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City Beneath the Sea (1953)

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

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Terry McBride
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Tony Bartlett
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Venita aka Mary Lou Beetle
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Capt. Meade aka Ralph Sorensen
Karel Stepanek ...
Dwight Trevor
Hilo Hattie ...
Mama Mary
Lalo Rios ...
Calypso
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Djion
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Captain Clive
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Captain Pedro Mendoza
Barbara Morrison ...
Madame Cecile
LeRoi Antoine ...
Calypso singer
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Kip
Marya Marco ...
Half caste woman
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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


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11 March 1953 (USA)  »

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Die Stadt unter dem Meer  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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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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Referenced in Dragnet: The Big Hit-Run Killer (1954) See more »

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DAMBALLA
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Written and Performed by LeRoi Antoine
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Is this the quintessential 50s Hollywood B-movie?
31 January 2002 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Universal-International studios. Two tough American buddies (Robert Ryan, Anthony Quinn). Sunken treasure off the Caribbean. Plots about scuttled ships and sunken gold. A thuggish sea-captain. Giant squids. A set-piece bar-room brawl. Even voodoo drums. Tacky colour. You can almost picture the lurid cover of the 10-cent paperback novel the film was based on. All that's lacking is a real femme fatale.

Bud Boetticher was a cult director in the Don Siegel/Sam Fuller vein, later acclaimed for the series of sparse but superb western quickies he made in the late 1950s with actor Randolph Scott (Ride Lonesome, The Tall T, Westbound, etc).

Irresistible and well made.


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