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Deep Waters (1948)

Approved | | Drama | 1 December 1948 (Mexico)
The friendship between a fisherman and an orphan boy disturbs others because of the dangers at sea.


Henry King


Ruth Moore (novel), Richard Murphy (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Dana Andrews ... Hod Stillwell
Jean Peters ... Ann Freeman
Cesar Romero ... Joe Sanger
Dean Stockwell ... Donny Mitchell
Anne Revere ... Mary McKay
Ed Begley ... Josh Hovey
Leona Powers Leona Powers ... Mrs. Freeman
Mae Marsh ... Molly Thatcher
Will Geer ... Nick Driver
Cliff Clark Cliff Clark ... Harris
Bruno Wick Bruno Wick ... Druggist
Harry Tyler ... Hopkins


A Maine lobster fisherman, trained as an architect, prefers to be a fisherman over the objections of his fiancée. The latter, a welfare worker for the state, finds a home for a 12-year-old orphan who loves the sea. He and the fisherman become friends but the fiancée, fearful of the dangers of sea life, forces the fisherman to restrict the boy from his boat. Denied the life he loves, the boy, in retribution, steals a camera and is sent to reform school. The couple marries and succeeds in getting a judge to grant a petition allowing them to adopt the boy. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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From the Best Seller 'Spoonhandle' See more »




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Mark Stevens was originally announced as the male lead. See more »

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Maine circa 1930's
1 May 2008 | by Madeline5See all my reviews

The novel from which the film was based was a very good Maine novel from Ruth Moore. From everything I've read about the movie plot and focus, the story was changed drastically. They really ought not to have put the author up on the credits. People wouldn't want to read the book after they gutted the story for the film.

Anne's character wasn't opposed to Hod's going to sea at all!!!! I don't know where they came up with that one for the film and other stuff.

The novel's author Ruth Moore must have flipped out when they tore her story up and created an entirely different one.

Read the book, Spoonhandle, if you can find a copy.

I'd still like to see the film someday for its location cinematography and it's always fun to see the young Dean Stockwell.

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Release Date:

1 December 1948 (Mexico) See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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