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The Deep Blue Sea (1955)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 1 November 1955 (USA)
A woman unhappy in her passionless marriage leaves her husband for a younger and more ardent lover.

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Golfer
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A woman unhappy in her passionless marriage leaves her husband for a younger and more ardent lover.

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Trapped Between Infidelity and - [The Deep Blue Sea].

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Drama | Romance

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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1 November 1955 (USA)  »

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Lockende Tiefe  »

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(magnetic prints) (Western Electric Recording)| (optical prints) (Western Electric Recording)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

According to Alexander Walker in 'Sex in the Movies', Marlene Dietrich turned down the film "on the grounds that she could never be convincing as a woman who tries to gas herself because she cannot keep her lover or find other men." See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Elton: I wish I could understand what it was that possessed you to do a dreadful thing like that
Hester Collyer: What possessed me, Mrs Elton? The Devil, I suppose
Mrs. Elton: I should just think it was
Hester Collyer: I'm not sure I meant quite that kind of devil. But when you're between any kind of devil and the deep blue sea, the deep blue sometimes looks very inviting. It did last night
Mrs. Elton: I can't make you out. You're not a wicked woman. What you did last night was wicked and cruel. Now supposing it had been Mr Page and not you that we found ...
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Connections

Version of The Deep Blue Sea (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Deep Blue Sea
Music by Francis Chagrin
Lyrics by Roy Bradford
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At last, a screening of the only (?) surviving 35mm print
26 November 2013 | by (London) – See all my reviews

For a while it looked as though the BFI's Vivien Leigh season would be without "The Deep Blue Sea". As others have noted here, it's been unavailable for many years. Programme notes revealed that the BFI has a single 35mm print in its archive - with faded colour, sound damage in the first and last reels, and many splices. Nothing better could be located anywhere in the world. The BFI digitised the print and this was shown tonight to a sold-out house seemingly well aware this may be the only chance to see the film on the big screen. It looked better than anticipated. The performances are excellent. Incidentally, whoever said the film is "stagebound" can't have seen it since 1955. Rattigan's play has been cleverly opened out with flashbacks, many locations (among them an air show, Klosters, and the London Embankment) and several big studio sets including a law court, bars and pubs, and a huge recreation of London's Soho. I didn't have a pen and and have now forgotten many of the uncredited actors. But they include Frederick Schiller, Gerald Campion, Jacqueline Cox, Shandra (later Sandra)Walden, Amanda Coxell (later Mandy Harper),Patricia Hayes, Raymond Francis and John Boxer.


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