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Fire Down Below (1957)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 14 June 1957 (Japan)
The friendship between two tramp boat owners is threatened by the arrival of a beautiful and seductive passenger.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Felix
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Harbour Master
Bonar Colleano ...
Lt. Sellers
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Doctor Sam
Edric Connor ...
Jimmy Jean
Peter Illing ...
Captain of Ulysses
Joan Miller ...
Mrs. Canaday
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Miguel
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Hotel Owner
Lionel Murton ...
The American
Vivian Matalon ...
1st U.S. Sailor
Gordon Tanner ...
2nd U.S. Sailor
Maurice Kaufmann ...
3rd U.S. Sailor
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Storyline

Tony and Felix own a tramp boat, and sail around the Caribbean doing odd jobs and drinking a lot. They agree to ferry the beautiful but passportless Irena to another island. They both fall for her, leading to betrayal and a break-up of their partnership. Tony takes a job on a cargo ship. After a collision he finds himself trapped below deck with time running out (the ship is aflame), and only Felix, whom he hates and has sworn to kill, left to save him. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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THREE OF THE BIGGEST IN ONE OF THE BEST! (Original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

14 June 1957 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Spiel mit dem Feuer  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

With a budget of $2.5m, the film failed to recoup its costs. See more »

Goofs

On their first day out with Irena, the group has engine trouble and indicate that the problem is caused by the port engine. However, Felix adjusts the controls for the starboard engine. See more »

Quotes

Irena: Are you wanted by the police?
Felix Bowers: Oh, I wouldn't go so far as to say that. Let's put it this way: if I *presented* myself to them, they would not *reject* me.
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Connections

Referenced in Cubby Broccoli: The Man Behind Bond (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Fire Down Below
Performed by Jeri Southern
Written by Lester Lee and Ned Washington
[Through the courtesy of Decca Records]
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Film switches gears midway and turns story over to Jack Lemmon...
27 September 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

FIRE DOWN BELOW is watchable for the performances of ROBERT MITCHUM, RITA HAYWORTH and JACK LEMMON, as well as some good supporting actors, but there's a major disappointment.

The first half of the film deals with relationships and just starts to get added interest from the Mitchum-Hayworth chemistry when the story shifts gears and turns the rest of the plot over to Jack Lemmon for the film's climactic sub-plot. Ordinarily, this would have been fine, but not when viewers are expecting to see the Mitchum-Hayworth pairing develop into a deeper story of its own.

There's a lot of local color and some gorgeous scenery in Trinidad and Jamaica, but the story is an uninspired one that finally gets going once Hayworth enters the scene, then evaporates once she and Mitchum are given less to do.

Lemmon is fine as the happy go lucky, naive sort of bumbler he always played at this stage in his career. Hayworth is an even more jaded version of "Gilda" (maturing now and still quite attractive), and Mitchum is his usual laconic self.

Uneven as drama but watchable for its star appeal.


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