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Mara Maru (1952)

An American salvage diver plunges into dangerous intrigue around a sunken treasure in the Philippines.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

N. Richard Nash (screen play), Philip Yordan (from a story by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Errol Flynn ... Gregory Mason
Ruth Roman ... Stella Callahan
Raymond Burr ... Brock Benedict
Paul Picerni ... Steven Ranier
Richard Webb ... Andy Callahan
Dan Seymour ... Lt. Zuenon
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Ortega (as George Renavent)
Robert Cabal ... Manuelo
Henry Marco Henry Marco ... Perol
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Storyline

Greg Mason, salvage diver in the Philippines, finds his partner Andy drunk and raving about treasure. Whatever it is, somebody wants it badly enough to kill Andy and frame Mason for murder. Cleared by an insinuating private eye, Mason is immersed in intrigue, with detective Rainier, sinister Benedict, mysterious Orgega, and Andy's comely widow all somehow involved. Soon various parties, not really trusting each other, are on a sea voyage to dive for they know not what... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

Tropical Treasure! Typhoon! and Temptation!...and the devil sailed with them on the terror-ship called Mara Maru!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La croce dei diamani See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Every day during filming, Errol Flynn would drive on the Warner Bros. lot wearing a windbreaker with no shirt, slacks with no underwear and shoes with no socks. The wardrobe people would provide him with a shirt, underwear and socks, and at the end of the day's filming he would wear them home. The next day he would arrive on the lot, again with no shirt, underwear or socks, and again he would be supplied those items by wardrobe. Co-star Paul Picerni noticed it after several days, and asked Flynn what he did with all the shirts, socks and underwear he'd accumulated after several weeks of filming. Flynn replied that he threw them in a closet when he got home. Picerni asked, "But what do you do with them?" Flynn replied, "Nothing. It just gives me pleasure to steal from [Jack L. Warner]. See more »

Quotes

Gregory Mason: [Surprised to see Sheila in Benedict's living room] Hello. Are you the hostess here?
Stella Callahan: If I were, you wouldn't be a guest.
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Baby Face
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Music by Harry Akst
Played during the Venus Bar scene
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Cultural differences
20 June 2007 | by armigerous-1See all my reviews

I don't know if this is true or not,but I am told that when this movie came out, the distributors took it to Tokyo to show, because by that time there was a fairly large demand for American movies in Japan...particularly action movies, and even more so those which featured well known stars like Errol Flynn, and were confident that it would be well received and quite profitable...but that even though the movie was given wide advertising and multiple screens all over Japan,nobody came to see it due to the fact that "Mara Maru" translates into Japanese as "Sh*t Boat"....and who in their right mind would want to see a movie with the title "Sh*t Boat"??


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