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City Beneath the Sea (1953)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 21 April 1953 (USA)
Two American divers are distracted by fair ladies and skulduggery while trying to salvage a gold ship off Jamaica.


Budd Boetticher


Harry E. Rieseberg (book), Jack Harvey (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Robert Ryan ... Brad Carlton
Mala Powers ... Terry McBride
Anthony Quinn ... Tony Bartlett
Suzan Ball ... Venita aka Mary Lou Beetle
George Mathews ... Capt. Meade aka Ralph Sorensen
Karel Stepanek ... Dwight Trevor
Hilo Hattie Hilo Hattie ... Mama Mary
Lalo Rios Lalo Rios ... Calypso
Woody Strode ... Djion
John Warburton ... Captain Clive
Peter Mamakos ... Captain Pedro Mendoza
Barbara Morrison ... Madame Cecile
LeRoi Antoine LeRoi Antoine ... Calypso singer
Leon Lontoc ... Kip
Marya Marco Marya Marco ... Half caste woman


Divers Brad and Tony arrive in Jamaica to attempt salvage of the "Lady Luck," sunk with all hands and a million in gold. They charter a boat, "American Beauty," skippered by attractive Terry McBride, but cannot find the ship. But there's more to the "Lady Luck" than meets the eye, and undersea skullduggery forms a counterpoint to Brad's romance with Terry, and Tony's with cabaret singer Venita. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

21 April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Stadt unter dem Meer See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,250,000, 31 December 1953
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Brad Carlton: You'd better wake up, get your mind off money. Think of something constructive, like dames.
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Written by Arnold Schwarzwald (as Arnold Hughes)
Lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Performed by Suzan Ball
Suzan Ball's vocals dubbed by (unknown)
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Gold and danger beneath the sea
13 June 2005 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

City Beneath the Sea came on BBC2 one Saturday afternoon some years ago and I was pleased I taped it. This has never been released on video so I was glad I kept this TV copy.

Two divers come to Jamaca to recover some gold on a sunken ship off the coast. One evening, they visit a club and meet two girls and both subsequently fall in love with them. Rivalry then breaks out between the two men over who will keep the gold when retrieved. The ship sunk near the ruins of an underwater city (not Atlantis) and the locals are against the men recovering the gold because the city is one of their tabu's. Not surprisingly, danger looms when the city collapses as a result of an undersea earthquake, trapping one of the divers. He is rescued by his mate and neither of them get the gold in the end.

Despite being a bow budget movie, the underwater scenes in City Beneath the Sea are not that bad.

The cast includes Robert Ryan and Anthony Quinn as the divers and Mala Powers and Susan Ball as the love interests. This also stars George Mathews and Woody Strode.

Watching this movie is a good way to spend just under 90 minutes one afternoon or evening. Very enjoyable.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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