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The Sharkfighters (1956)

TV-PG | | Adventure | 17 November 1956 (USA)
Landing on a small island not far from Havana, Cuba, Lt. Cmdr. Ben Staves joins a Navy scientific project engaged in finding an effective shark repellent to help save the lives of WWII ... See full summary »

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Lt. Cmdr. Ben Staves
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Martha Staves
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Ens. Harold Duncan
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Lt. Cmdr. Leonard Evans
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Chief 'Gordy' Gordon
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Carlos
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Cmdr. George Zimmer
Nathan Yates ...
Capt. Ruiz
Jesús Hernández ...
Vincente
Lorin Johns ...
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David Westlein ...
Himself (as CPO David Westlein)
Charles Collingwood ...
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Landing on a small island not far from Havana, Cuba, Lt. Cmdr. Ben Staves joins a Navy scientific project engaged in finding an effective shark repellent to help save the lives of WWII military personnel stranded in shark-infested waters. His zeal for completing the project as fast as possible is explained by his having lost a large percentage of his crew to sharks when his ship was sunk by the Japanese. Against the advice of the others on the project, Staves demands that the new repellent be tested on a live subject surrounded by hungry sharks and will allow no one but himself to be the test subject! Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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The U.S. Navy's operation "Shark-Buster"...Caribbean adventure that hits like a tidal wave! See more »

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Cacciatori di squali  »

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Noche en el mar
by Mery Ferrer and Cesar Portillo
Sung by the Aida Quartette
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Good underrated action picture
18 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Victor Mature was self-deprecating about his acting ability, which has led to the myth that he wasn't very good. However, he's terrific in this interesting, entertaining movie about a World War II U.S. Navy commander who loses some of his crew to a shark attack and is then assigned to a research team in the Caribbean to develop an effective shark repellent. The whole cast, especially Karen Steele as Mature's wife, is excellent, and the location photography, which includes pre-Castro Havana, is beautiful. The action scenes with sharks are exciting and the outcome, given the fate of several of Mature's characters in other movies, is not certain. To top it off, Jerome Moross, perhaps the greatest of all film composers, wrote the music score. "The Sharkfighters" is well worth seeing.


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