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Hell Below Zero (1954)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 15 January 1954 (Japan)
The captain of an Antarctic whaling ship falls overboard in mysterious circumstances and his daughter, aided by a sympathetic American, decides to investigate the accident.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Duncan Craig
Joan Tetzel ...
Judie Nordhal
Basil Sydney ...
Bland
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Erik Bland
Joseph Tomelty ...
Capt. McPhee
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Dr. Howe
Jill Bennett ...
Gerda Petersen
Peter Dyneley ...
Miller
Susan Rayne ...
Kathleen
Philo Hauser ...
Sandeborg
Ivan Craig ...
Larsen
Paddy Ryan ...
Manders
Cyril Chamberlain ...
Paul Homer ...
Kista Dan Radio Operator
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Ulvik
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Duncan Craig signs on a whaling ship, partly because his own business deal has fallen through, partly to help Judie Nordhall find her father. Rumor has it that her father may have been murdered by Erik Bland, son of her father's partner and her one-time lover. Duncan and Erik find themselves on rival whaleboats and, ultimately, on an ice floe. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Alan Ladd in a whale of an adventure! See more »


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15 January 1954 (Japan)  »

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The White South  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Southern Truce whale catcher is an actual ship built in England in 1945 and was used for whaling in Antartica until 1963, at which point it was sold and used as a cargo ship under several names. See more »

Goofs

During scenes set in the Antarctic, at supposedly below zero (Celsius) temperatures, we never see breath vapor. See more »

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Referenced in Cubby Broccoli: The Man Behind Bond (2000) See more »

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Whaling archive
21 April 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

In the 21st century, this film is remarkable and valuable for one thing- as an archive of mid 20th century whaling, when the industrial killing was at its height. You will never again see so many blue whales together at one time. Pity they're all dead, next to the factory ship ready for processing. The whaling fleet was British (yes, we did that!). As a marine biologist I had seen many scenes of harpooning, but I had never seen the scenes of flensing and the industrial moving of such huge objects. I have never had a better illustration of the mass of a blue whale than when I saw it turned on the deck of the factory ship. Also, the blackboard chalking up what were presumably genuine daily scores for each whaleship was amazing. The attitudes of the leading characters at the successful capture of a blue whale were also stunning to see. If you have an interest in the whaling debate, see this film. I doubt there is a better film record of industrial whaling anywhere.


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