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Devil and the Deep (1932)

Passed | | Drama | 12 August 1932 (USA)
Man sets out for revenge after learning of his wife's affair.

Director:

Marion Gering

Writers:

Harry Hervey (story), Benn W. Levy (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tallulah Bankhead ... Diana Sturm
Gary Cooper ... Lt. Sempter
Charles Laughton ... Cmdr. Charles Sturm
Cary Grant ... Lt. Jaeckel
Paul Porcasi ... Hassan
Juliette Compton ... Mrs. Planet
Henry Kolker ... Hutton
Dorothy Christy ... Mrs. Crimp
Arthur Hoyt ... Mr. Planet
Gordon Westcott ... Lt. Toll
James Dugan James Dugan ... Condover (as Jimmie Dugan)
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Naval commander Charles Sturm has made life miserable for his wife Diana due to his insane jealousy over every man she speaks to. His obsessive behavior soon drives her to the arms of a handsome lieutenant. When Charles learns of their affair, he plots revenge. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Frau im U-Boot See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This is the only film featuring both Gary Cooper and Cary Grant as the movie's leading men but they never appear together onscreen. However, in Alice in Wonderland (1933), Grant played the Mock Turtle and Cooper played the White Knight, having their only movie scene together (of sorts) as the entire cast appears in the tea party scene. See more »

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big stars and toy boats
14 October 2013 | by mukava991See all my reviews

Devil and the Deep contains a fascinating performance from Charles Laughton as a submarine commander going nuts with the conviction that his sultry wife (Tallulah Bankhead) is cheating on him first with Cary Grant and then Gary Cooper.

The physical production features a claustrophobic studio recreation of a North African town (reminiscent of Von Sternberg's "Morocco" but without the dazzling shadow play), a romantic scene in a starlit desert oasis (said to have been filmed in an actual desert but looking exactly like a painted backdrop) and finally the laughable spectacle of toy boats bobbing around in a tank of water that we're supposed to believe is the Mediterranean.

Bankhead, like other female stars of that historical moment, is made up and coiffed to look like a Garbo clone. The style suits her without overwhelming her innate, distinctive qualities of voice and manner. Laughton's performance prefigures his later Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty and Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I prefer his work here to his Bligh, which was sometimes too messily overwrought. This is also the second 1932 film (the other being "Payment Deferred") in which he plays dementia with mad laughter. Cooper is wooden and awkward (and handsome) as usual and Grant does well in a smallish supporting role.


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