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Underwater! (1955)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  17 April 1955 (Japan)
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Dominic Quesada and Johnny Gray, two SCUBA divers searching for sunken treasure off the coast of Cuba, think they've hit the jackpot when they find a 17th century ship on the sea floor. ... See full summary »

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Theresa Gray
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Dominic Quesada
Richard Egan ...
Lori Nelson ...
Gloria
Robert Keith ...
Father Cannon
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Rico Herrera
Eugene Iglesias ...
Miguel Vega
Ric Roman ...
Jesus
Dámaso Pérez Prado ...
Perez Prado (as Perez Prado)
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Dominic Quesada and Johnny Gray, two SCUBA divers searching for sunken treasure off the coast of Cuba, think they've hit the jackpot when they find a 17th century ship on the sea floor. They need working capital however and Johnny is ready to hock his boat but his wife Theresa thinks they're off on another wild scheme that will leave them all poorer than when they started. She comes around however and are soon joined by Gloria, whose boat they will use and Father Cannon, a university professor and archaeologist. Although Dominic hasn't been completely honest with his partners, they may in fact be in the area of a major treasure ship. When they do find it, the ship is teetering on the edge of a 300 foot cliff and dangerous for even the most experienced divers. Written by garykmcd

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UNDERWATER Madness! UNDERWATER Adventure! (original poster) See more »

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17 April 1955 (Japan)  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

At a promotional event for the movie, a young Jayne Mansfield was one of several swimmers participating in a underwater skit when the top of her bathing suit came off, which obviously drew attention to her, and not the movie. It is believed that she let this happen on purpose for the free publicity. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Richard Egan's voiceover twice specifies that the gas in his SCUBA tanks is "oxygen". SCUBA tanks contain compressed air, which is mostly nitrogen and less than 20% oxygen. If they contained pure oxygen. the diver would go into convulsions within 20 minutes at the surface and in far less time at deeper depths. See more »

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Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White
Music by Louiguy
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Treasure Hunting With Dick And Jane
19 June 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Underwater was allegedly set in Cuba, but actually photographed on the Kona Coast of Hawaii, was the last time that Jane Russell worked for Howard Hughes. The mysterious industrialist would shortly be getting rid of RKO Studios and RKO itself would shortly go Underwater after that.

The site of Jane Russell even in a conservative one piece bathing suit was enough to delight the male members of the audience with those twin weapons of mass destruction Jane sported. But if you got around to listening to Jane she drifted in and out of an atrocious Spanish accent. There was no reason to cast her as Hispanic so why she was will remain a mystery.

Like his aerial films Howard Hughes took some really good care with the lavish Underwater photography and it remains the best feature of Underwater, even though the stuff photographed on Kona was supplemented by scenes done in a large tank.

All that though just to tell a rather routine tale of four treasure hunters, Jane Russell, Richard Egan, Gilbert Roland, and Lori Nelson who hunt for and discover an ancient Spanish Galleon loaded with gold bars. But also on board is a solid gold larger than life size statue of Jesus also adorned in jewels that was lost at sea to the Roman Catholic Church. Along for the ride is Jesuit scholar Robert Keith.

The four and Keith also run afoul of shark hunters/smugglers/pirates led by Joseph Calleia. How the plot resolves itself frankly borders on the ridiculous.

But the Underwater photography and the Jane photography make Underwater worthwhile viewing.


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