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Below the Sea (1933)

Passed | | Adventure, Romance | 29 March 1933 (USA)
A wealthy woman funds an underwater expedition to explore for marine life, but what she doesn't know is that her "colleagues" have other intentions.

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Complete credited cast:
... McCreary
... Diana
Frederick Vogeding ... Von Boulton - Schlemmer (as Fredrik Vogeding)
... Lily
... Jackson
Trevor Bland ... Waldridge
... Dr. Chapman
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After a German U-boat is sunk near the end of World War I, it's captain, the only living member of the crew 15 years later, plots to retrieve the gold bullion that went down with the boat. He enlists the financial help of a woman who owns a waterfront dive, and a world-renowned undersea diver, but when the ship the woman bankrolls sinks, the two men sign on to an expedition bankrolled by another woman -- this time with scientific knowledge being her motive. They plan to use the expedition's equipment to dive to the wreck and bring up the gold. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Breath-taking Thrills! Daring Adventure! (original poster) See more »

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Adventure | Romance

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1.37 : 1
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The role of McCreary was originally intended for Humphrey Bogart. See more »

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Diane Templeton: [shows Steve her microscope] Here, take a look. What do you see?
Steve 'Mac' McCreary: A lot of little maggots.
Diane Templeton: Well take a good look. A few million years ago, one of them was you. One day, maybe a million years later, you floated upwards, you and many others. The wheels of life began to turn. A billion living things were snuffed out. A few were launched into a new cycle, you among them, because you were strong. That's how life began. Ages went by, and you got the cells and the muscles that enabled you to think and ...
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Edited from Suicide Fleet (1931) See more »

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A classic of miscasting
17 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

Somewhere, somehow, somebody decided that Ralph Bellamy was perfect to play the sort of role that would have suited Humphrey Bogart or maybe Robert Mitchum in a later era. So there he is, trying to come off as a cynical tough guy, a professional diver, who signs on for an undersea expedition financed by society playgirl Fay Wray. What he doesn't know is that the captain of their ship isn't searching for exotic marine life but a cache of gold from a sunken U-boat. It's a standard grade-B actioner, down to a fight to the death with a prop octopus. But watching the easy-going, erudite Bellamy desperately trying to play a hard-boiled adventurer is worth tuning in for.


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