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Below the Surface (1920)

A widely respected deep-sea diver is approached by a ring of con artists who want him to be the front man for a phony scheme to recover gold from sunken ships. When he refuses, they send a ... See full summary »

Director:

Irvin Willat (as Irvin V. Willat)

Writers:

E. Magnus Ingleton, Luther Reed (story)
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Hobart Bosworth ... Martin Flint
Grace Darmond ... Edna Gordon
Lloyd Hughes ... Paul Flint
George Webb ... James Arnold
Gladys George ... Alice
J.P. Lockney J.P. Lockney ... Dave
Edith Yorke ... Martha Flint
George Clair George Clair ... Geb Quail
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A widely respected deep-sea diver is approached by a ring of con artists who want him to be the front man for a phony scheme to recover gold from sunken ships. When he refuses, they send a sexy young woman to seduce his son, and then blackmail the father into going along with their scheme. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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HOBART BOSWORTH In the most astounding and most startling drama of the deep sea ever filmed. (Print Ad- Ottawa Evening Citizen, ((Ottawa, PO)) 20 December 1920) See more »

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Drama

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Entertaining Potboiler
23 September 2005 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This expertly rendered potboiler stars Hobart Bosworth as a great diver who is approached by some con artists. They want him to front for a fake company recovering gold from wrecks. He refuses and they put pressure on him by vamping his son.

Everyone plays their parts well and this silent movie from 1920 is beautifully acted -- particularly well underplayed by Bosworth and con man George Webb -- and well shot. The outdoor scenes are shot on location, including the diving platforms and that adds a great deal to movies like this: a touch of realism that later, slicker Hollywood movies would lose.

Watch out for Gladys George, who spent the late thirties playing oversexed mature women (best in THE MALTESE FALCON) as a young, innocent ingénue.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

June 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Oath See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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