Phaedra is a poor sponge diver on the lovely Greek isle of Hydra. While diving, she discovers an ancient brass and gold statue of a boy riding a dolphin, which is said to have the magical ... See full summary »
Phaedra is a poor sponge diver on the lovely Greek isle of Hydra. While diving, she discovers an ancient brass and gold statue of a boy riding a dolphin, which is said to have the magical power to grant wishes. Her shiftless boyfriend wants to sell it to an unscrupulous art collector, but Phaedra wants to give it to anthropologist Jim Calder, who would return it to the Greek government. Written by
Originally, the film was to star Cary Grant. It was four days into shooting in Greece when Grant canceled. His wife, Betsy Drake, had survived the sinking of the Andrea Doria ocean liner and he went to be with her. Robert Mitchum was then considered, before Spyros Foucas signed Alan Ladd. See more »
In several scenes throughout the movie, Sophia Loren's character enters a Greek-Orthodox church and begins her prayer with "sancta Maria". This would almost certainly never be uttered in a Greek-Orthodox church, especially since the word "sancta" is of Latinate etymology (Loren's character is supposedly Greek although she herself is Italian) and more so because this is an exclusively Roman-Catholic recitation. In Greek one might say: "Panagia mou", but NEVER "Agia Maria" which is the Greek equivalent of "sancta Maria" meaning "saint Maria". Over 95% of Greeks identify themselves as Orthodox Christian, with a very small proportion identifying themselves as Catholic, however Loren's character cannot be Catholic since she enters an obviously Orthodox church. See more »
Monk at Meteora Monastery:
[Upon meeting Parmalee, who has just ascended to the Meteora Monastery via a hand-operated "elevator"]
Welcome to Meteora.
May I ask, who carries your insurance?
Monk at Meteora Monastery:
We put our trust in the Almighty.
A very safe company.
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The best excuse to watch again this long forgotten film of the late 50s is the exquisite and gorgeous Sophia Loren. What a beautiful woman; a sight for sore eyes indeed!
The Jean Negulesco film shows its age. This film has a little bit of adventure, love story, suspense with the backdrop of Hydra, one of the most enchanting Aegean islands. The film might look a bit outdated to today's audiences, but it's fun to watch Alan Ladd and Clifton Webb doing their best out of roles that don't require much acting. Sophia Loren is perfect as the sponge fisher who discovers a hidden treasure.
I saw this movie recently on cable. It was a trip to another, more innocent era.
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