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Sixteen Fathoms Deep (1934)

A sponge diver hopes to make enough money to buy his own boat and marry his girlfriend. A rival diver, however, has other plans for him.


Armand Schaefer


Eustace L. Adams (from the American Magazine story by), Barry Barringer (adaptation) (as A.B. Barringer) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Sally O'Neil ... Rosita
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Joe Bethel (as Creighton Chaney)
Russell Simpson ... A.B. Crockett
Maurice Black ... Nick - Henhman / Crewman
Si Jenks ... Sculpin - Crewman in Popeye Outfit
Jack Kennedy Jack Kennedy ... Mike - Saloon Owner
George Regas ... Theo Savanis
Constantine Romanoff ... Kargas - Tall Crewman
Richard Alexander ... Martin - Burly Crewman
Lloyd Ingraham ... Capt. Athos
Bob Kortman ... Cimos - Second Henchman
George Nash George Nash ... Young Athos
Philip Kieffer Philip Kieffer ... Capt. Alek
Raúl Figarola Raúl Figarola ... Chin-Chin - Aged Diver
Gene Gehrung Gene Gehrung ... Gordon


A sponge diver hopes to make enough money to buy his own boat and marry his girlfriend. A rival diver, however, has other plans for him.

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Release Date:

1 January 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

16 Fathoms Deep See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Balsley & Phillips Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


Version of 16 Fathoms Deep (1948) See more »

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Good Early Role For Chaney
6 February 2016 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

Joe Bethel (Chaney) is a sponge diver who has a fishing boat and a lovely girlfriend named Rosita. Theo Savanis is the richest man in town and always gets what he wants and what he wants is Joe's boat and girlfriend. Savanis will do whatever it takes to acquire both the girl and boat.

This is a film that surprised me - I was expecting it to be kinda cute but a bit on the boring side is when I popped it into the player but the movie surprised me because it's an interesting little flick. I'll admit I watched this film for Chaney but the story and other actors/characters were good enough that they caught my interest as much as Chaney did. I would have liked this movie Chaney or no Chaney.

This 1934 film is not to be confused with the 1948 "16 Fathoms Deep" which also stars Lon Chaney Jr but puts Chaney in the role of the antagonist.


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