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Fire Down Below (1957)

 -  Adventure | Drama  -  May 1957 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »



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


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 <>

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Torrid, tempestuous Irena...the spark that turned the tropics into a blazing cauldron of passions! See more »


Adventure | Drama


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May 1957 (UK)  »

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Fire Down Below  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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2.35 : 1
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First full length cinema score of Douglas Gamley. See more »


On the first day out with Irena, they have engine trouble and they indicate trouble with the port engine, however, Felix adjusts the controls for the starboard engine. See more »


Harbor Master: [watching sailors fight a fire] The American navy is at work.
Dr. Sam Blake: What do they say?
Harbor Master: They don't say anything. They just whistle through their teeth and call for Coca-Colas.
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Too bad it wasn't filmed in black and white.
13 July 2006 | by (California) – See all my reviews

It's interesting that the things that make this film weak would have made it great if only it had been made in the late forties or early fifties and had been made in black and white. The setting is some exotic never-never land where life is cheap and morality is a rare and expensive commodity somewhere in the Caribbean. The acting is stylized. The characterizations are two-dimensional. The story is one of an overheated romance and acts of heroism involving people who are not worthy of respect except that ultimately they do the right thing. Rita Hayworth is a bad girl with a heart of gold, a faded version of Gilda. Robert Mitchum is doing his usual Robert Mitchum imitation, i.e. he's just too tired and bored to give the really good performance of which he was capable. Jack Lemmon is the idealist romantic who is willing to lay everything on the line and winds up learning a bitter lesson about people. As I said earlier, if only this film had been made earlier and in black and white it would have been an archetypal example of film noir. Personally, I like film noir but the genre was highly stylized and too often the actors were required to strike poses rather than develop the personalities of the parts they were playing. Unfortunately this film was made too late to be considered a part of that form and therefore deserves scorn instead of being lauded in Saturday afternoon showings at Parisian film societies.

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