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The Secret of the Purple Reef (1960)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 12 February 1961 (UK)
After Robert Christopher and his ship mysteriously disappear in the Caribbean, his two brothers -- Mark and Dean -- travel to St. Kitts to begin their own investigation.




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Complete credited cast:
Mark Christophe
Rue Amboy
Tom Weber
Dean Christophe
Terence de Marney ...
Robert Earl Jones ...
Tobias (as Robert Earl)
Gina Petrushka ...
Larry Markow ...
Philip Rosen ...
Frank Ricco ...
Jerry Mitchell ...


After Robert Christopher and his ship mysteriously disappear in the Caribbean, his two brothers -- Mark and Dean -- travel to St. Kitts to begin their own investigation.

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12 February 1961 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El secreto de los arrecifes  »

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$86,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Several scenes feature a 35 foot sailing yacht, the Starwright, designed by E. G. van de Stadt. See more »


Referenced in The Cool World (1963) See more »

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CinemaScope on a low budget...
23 February 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Extremely slight non-adventure from Fox. The beauty of the Caribbean islands is no match for this waterlogged script, adapted from Dorothy Cottrell's magazine serial, about a captain who went down with his ship, and his two brothers who want answers as to why. Begins with a funeral scene so unrelievedly solemn, it sets the movie on Snooze and forgets to wake the audience up. Then-unknowns Richard Chamberlain and Peter Falk (miscast as the heavy) take a backseat to a handsome block of wood named Jeff Richards, who never varies his stern expression. Humorless B-flick with irritating faux-calypso music by Buddy Bregman and absolutely no imagination behind the camera. NO STARS from ****

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