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King of the Coral Sea (1954)

Approved | | Adventure , Crime | 24 June 1956 (USA)
Ted King, aided by Jack Janiero, is in charge of a company owned by Peter Merriman, reputed playboy, which he inherited from his father. Merriman decides to have a look at the company which... See full summary »

Director:

Lee Robinson

Writers:

Chips Rafferty (original screenplay), Lee Robinson (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Chips Rafferty ... Ted King
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Peter Merriman (as Charles Tingwell)
Ilma Adey Ilma Adey ... Rusty King
Rod Taylor ... Jack Janiero
Lloyd Berrell Lloyd Berrell ... Yusep
Reg Lye ... Grundy (as Reginald Lye)
Charles Peverill Charles Peverill
Frances Chin Soon Frances Chin Soon ... Serena
Jack Assam Jack Assam
Salapata Sagigi Salapata Sagigi
Charlie Juda Charlie Juda
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Ted King, aided by Jack Janiero, is in charge of a company owned by Peter Merriman, reputed playboy, which he inherited from his father. Merriman decides to have a look at the company which is getting shells and pearls from the ocean's bottom. King discovers a body out in the ocean and brings it in, which sets off a police investigation into the possible smuggling of undesirable aliens into the area and they ask for King's help. Merriman arrives and falls instantly for King's daughter, "Rusty." He also shows them that the use of modern equipment can streamline the operation as well as save lives, which he does for King when he is trapped under the sea. When the smugglers learn King is on their trail, they take "Rusty" hostage, but King, Jack and Merriman, with the use of Merriman's aqua-lungs, follow and rescue her and capture the crooks and killers before the police arrive. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Adventure | Crime

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Country:

Australia

Release Date:

24 June 1956 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Rod Taylor. See more »

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Featured in Australian Biography: Charles "Bud" Tingwell (2003) See more »

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Nothing fancy but entertaining
27 January 2003 | by BruceCorneilSee all my reviews

Straightforward but solid "B" programmer about coastal smugglers who use a pearl diving operation to sneak aliens into Australia.

This was the second feature produced by Southern International - a company formed by Chips Rafferty and director Lee Robinson. Shot on location around northern Queensland.

Crude but fast paced and made effective use of its exotic locales.

Returned a healthy profit both locally and overseas.

Now primarily of historical interest as it showcased the talents of future Hollywood star Rod Taylor in his first big screen appearance.

Nothing fancy but entertaining.


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