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King of the Coral Sea (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime | 24 June 1956 (USA)
A human smuggling racket off the Australian coast prompts the authorities to request a pearl diver's help in the investigation.


Lee Robinson


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




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


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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Thrill-swept adventure on and below the coral reefs !


Adventure | Crime


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Film debut of Rod Taylor. See more »


Referenced in Innocence: Interview with Charles 'Bud' Tingwell (2001) See more »

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About making of King of the Coral Sea
11 June 2006 | by bjk4-2See all my reviews

This Movie was made on Thursday Island with a few scenes being shot in my Family's Pearling Business Store. I was 6 at the time, and interrupted a scene where Rod Taylor was being hit on the head as I thought he was being hurt. Some of it was filmed on Friday Island, my Father played a Policeman in it this was the only acting he did in his life being a local he was used as an extra.. Our boats and a lot of other stuff was used in the Movie. We have managed to get a copy from the Museum and is lovely to look back on. I don't really have a good memory of it only what I have been told by my Mother, we lived on top of the Pearling Store where they shot the Movie.

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Release Date:

24 June 1956 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


GBP23,862 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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