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Underwater! (1955)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | 1955 (UK)
Two scuba divers find a shipwreck which may contain undiscovered treasure, however, their attempt to salvage it is threatened by scavengers.

Director:

John Sturges

Writers:

Walter Newman (screenplay), Hugh King (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jane Russell ... Theresa Gray
Gilbert Roland ... Dominic Quesada
Richard Egan ... Johnny Gray
Lori Nelson ... Gloria
Robert Keith ... Father Cannon
Joseph Calleia ... Rico Herrera
Eugene Iglesias ... Miguel Vega
Ric Roman ... Jesus
Dámaso Pérez Prado Dámaso Pérez Prado ... Perez Prado (as Perez Prado)
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Storyline

Dominic Quesada and Johnny Gray, two SCUBA divers searching for sunken treasure off the coast of Cuba, think they've hit the jackpot when they find a 17th century ship on the sea floor. They need working capital however and Johnny is ready to hock his boat but his wife Theresa thinks they're off on another wild scheme that will leave them all poorer than when they started. She comes around however and are soon joined by Gloria, whose boat they will use and Father Cannon, a university professor and archaeologist. Although Dominic hasn't been completely honest with his partners, they may in fact be in the area of a major treasure ship. When they do find it, the ship is teetering on the edge of a 300 foot cliff and dangerous for even the most experienced divers. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

UNDERWATER Fury! UNDERWATER Paradise! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Rainbow See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

This was RKO's first production in SuperScope. See more »

Goofs

When the shark hunters come about the "SANS SOUCI" towards the end of the film, it is clear this shot is actually shot in reverse. The life preserver shows the gold lettering as a mirror-image. This was probably due to the fact that the boats were in the opposite direction while photographed in the ocean and were flipped when photographed on the studio set. They had to show that particular take in reverse for the sake of continuity. The name of the boat "SANS SOUCI" means "carefree" or "without worries". See more »

Connections

Featured in Biography: Jane Russell: Body and Soul (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White
(Cerisier Rose et Pommier Blanc)
Music by Louiguy
French lyrics by Jacques Larue
English lyrics by Mack David
Performed by Dámaso Pérez Prado Y Su Orchestra
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Pioneer Movie
15 October 2005 | by arturo-27See all my reviews

I enjoy this movie very much and try to watch it periodically. As someone who took up SCUBA diving the year before this movie was made, I'd like to call attention to the fact that it is the first full length feature movie in which SCUBA was used. In fact, it was so early in the development of equipment that the tanks that they were using were smaller than the 72 cubic foot tanks that became standard for steel tanks.(There were other sizes.) Also, note the two hose regulators that are all but obsolete, the early flipper designs, and the primitive back packs. To some, the story may seem a little corny, but so were early aviation pictures and early submarine pictures. This considered, I think that the movie deserves look.


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