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The Secret of the Purple Reef (1960)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  17 February 1961 (Finland)
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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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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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17 February 1961 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

El secreto de los arrecifes  »

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$86,000 (estimated)

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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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