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Hell and High Water (1954)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 6 February 1954 (USA)
During the Cold War, a scientific team refits a Japanese submarine and hires an ex-Navy officer to find a secret Chinese atomic island base and prevent a Communist plot against America that could trigger WW3.

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Denise Montel
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A privately-financed scientist and his colleagues hire an ex-Navy officer to conduct an Alaskan submarine expedition in order to prevent a Red Chinese anti-American plot that may lead to World War III. Mixes deviously plotted schoolboy fiction with submarine spectacle and cold war heroics. Written by Lew Amack (LAlawMedMBA@aol.com)

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29 men and one woman ... in the captive world of a submarine ! See more »


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6 February 1954 (USA)  »

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Inferno  »

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Budget:

$1,870,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,700,000, 31 December 1954
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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

According to actor Gene Evans, he was asked by director Samuel Fuller to help Bella Darvi with her dialogue. Others, especially star Richard Widmak, disliked her and Fuller convinced the reluctant Evans that Darvi liked him enough to make it a plausible idea. Darvi was happy with Evans' coaching and gave him a birthday present of silver pieces monogrammed DFZ. Evans later found out that Darvi was Zanuck's mistress, which is why she got the part. See more »

Goofs

A WWII era Japanese submarine, I-203, did indeed exist. But I-203 was sunk by the U.S. Navy in 1946. This story takes place in 1953. See more »

Quotes

Captain Adam Jones: Look, uh, look before we go any further... exactly what country do you men represent?
Prof. Montel: We represent many countries... as private individuals. We are scientists, former statesmen, businessmen. All volunteers. Acting independently for a common cause. Against a common enemy.
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 31 January 1954 (1954) See more »

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Mam'selle
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Music by Edmund Goulding
[used in the score as a theme for Denise]
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Very enjoyable action film
23 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it was released in theatre. I still remember how much fun it was to watch a submarine crew try to bring down a big bomber carrying the Atomic bomb with every weapon they could muster, including handguns. It had plenty of action for the time, although those used to long periods of action may find themselves disappointed. There are a couple of fairly exciting firefights, not including the final desperate attempt to save the US from being blamed for dropping an A-bomb on Korea and starting WW3. I'd like to see it again but haven't seen it in a long time..Hope it can be repeated on TV .I would definitely buy it if I had the chance..


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