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Boy on a Dolphin (1957)

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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 »

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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 Kona

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An adventurous love story that will live 'til the seas run dry!


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19 April 1957 (West Germany)  »

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A Lenda da Estátua Nua  »

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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 »

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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". See more »

Quotes

Victor Parmalee: Jim, you're talking to me as if I were a man of honor... I'm not!
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Boy on a Dolphin
Based on "Tinafio" (Ti Ine Afto Pou To Lene Agapi)
Music by Takis Morakis
Music Adapted by Hugo Friedhofer
Original Lyrics by Danai (uncredited)
Greek Lyrics by Ioanis Fermanoglou (as J. Fermanglou)
English Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung over credits by Julie London (uncredited) and in the film by Sophia Loren
Musical Director for Julie London: Howard A. Roberts (uncredited)
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Gorgeous Sophia in Greek sun, surf, and intrigue.
18 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in the theater when it first came out and then again, years later on t.v. I had the good fortune to tape it onto video as I don't think it can be found in any video stores. I really enjoy this movie as the story is engaging and the location shots are beautiful. Sophia Loren does a fantastic job of portraying a vibrant, headstrong, passionate woman on a mission. I've always liked Clifton Webb and thought he did a typically tight, professional turn as an arrogant, proud art dealer immersed in his own inflated sense of superiority and worldliness. Alan Ladd as Dr. Caulder of the museum in Athens is the low point for me as I never found him to be a particularly good actor. He does okay in this movie but doesn't really fill the screen with great charisma. The soundtrack and the title song are fabulous - at times lilting, haunting, and fun. I find myself humming the title theme for hours after watching the movie. How I often know whether I like a movie or not is if I want to jump into the story and "be there". I definitely would want to "be there".


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