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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Irena
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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 »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

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Release Date:

May 1957 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Spiel mit dem Feuer  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Inspired by their location shoot in Trinidad/Tobago, Robert Mitchum recorded a calypso album, and Jack Lemmon scored a harmonica theme for the movie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Miguel: [on assurance that a smuggling job's been completed] A friend left this, uh, note for you.
Felix Bowers: [flipping through the money in the envelope] Our friend didn't have very much to say, did he?
Miguel: What do you mean by that?
Felix Bowers: I mean he wasn't very generous, was he?
Miguel: There are many expenses; you know that as well as I do. Palms to be greased and people paid to turn the other way. It's getting harder every day.
Felix Bowers: Well, you tell that friend if he can't be a little more communicative, that this is the last trip.
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Soundtracks

Eine kleine Nachtmusik
(uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Very strange, and certainly not a success, but interesting in many ways...
14 June 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Max Catto's novel turned into a very odd love triangle involving two skippers of a smuggling vessel in the Caribbean with a luckless red-haired beauty, an immigrant from perhaps Lithuania, who needs to get to Cuba. British production is erratic, with location shots and studio close-ups often occupying the same scene, though the busy, fiery locals are a fun lot (they always seem to be celebrating). Second-half of plot takes a bizarre turn, with sensitive skipper Jack Lemmon getting trapped in the cargo of a burning ship and relying on Robert Mitchum, his old friend/sworn enemy, to pull him through. Mitchum and Lemmon are certainly one of the oddest twosomes in '50s cinema, but they don't play it buddy-buddy and the relationship is kept low-keyed. As the woman who comes between them, Rita Hayworth gets an amusingly irrelevant sequence dancing at Carnivale, but otherwise looks about as beat as her character is supposed to feel (I don't know if this was a case of Method acting or not). The picture isn't boring--nor ham-handed--but neither is it successful as a drama, character study, or action film. It seems to fall between the cracks, but fans of the star-trio should enjoy some of the fireworks. ** from ****


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