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17 November 1956 (USA) See more »
FIGHTING THE TERROR OF THE SEAS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Landing on a small island not far from Havana, Cuba, Lt. Cmdr. Ben Staves joins a Navy scientific project... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Victor Mature ... Lt. Cmdr. Ben Staves

Karen Steele ... Martha Staves

James Olson ... Ens. Harold Duncan
Philip Coolidge ... Lt. Cmdr. Leonard Evans

Claude Akins ... Chief 'Gordy' Gordon
Rafael Campos ... Carlos
George N. Neise ... Cmdr. George Zimmer
Nathan Yates ... Capt. Ruiz
Jesús Hernández ... Vincente
Lorin Johns ... Himself (as M/Sgt. Lorin Johns)
David Westlein ... Himself (as CPO David Westlein)
Charles Collingwood ... Narrator

Directed by
Jerry Hopper 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Art Napoleon  story
Jo Napoleon  story
Jonathan Robinson 
Lawrence Roman 

Produced by
Samuel Goldwyn Jr. .... producer
Original Music by
Jerome Moross 
Cinematography by
Lee Garmes 
Film Editing by
Daniel Mandell 
Production Management
Clem Beauchamp .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Virgil Hart .... assistant director
Special Effects by
Russell Shearman .... special effects
Daniel Hays .... special effects (uncredited)
Roy Jenson .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Emil Newman .... musical director

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73 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Good underrated action picture, 18 September 2013
Author: liscarkat-2 from United States

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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