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Phaedra is a poor sponge diver on the lovely Greek isle of Hydra. While diving, she discovers an ancient brass and gold statue of a boy riding a dolphin, which is said to have the magical power to grant wishes. Her shiftless boyfriend wants to sell it to an unscrupulous art collector, but Phaedra wants to give it to anthropologist Jim Calder, who would return it to the Greek government.Written by
The writing on the signpost " Meteora 4 km" Webb passes on his way to the monastery is in Latin letters instead of Greek ones. See more »
Dr. James 'Jim' Calder:
May I remind you of Paragraph 9 of the Penal Code of Greece:
[reading from a book]
Dr. James 'Jim' Calder:
"Any and all objects of a historical value cannot under any circumstances be removed from Greek territory or territorial waters. They...
[quoting by memory]
... they are to be considered the property of the Greek nation."
Yes, Jim, I know all about Greek Paragraph 9 - *I'm* the reason they wrote it!
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Opening credits prologue: THE ISLANDS OF GREECE See more »
Hugo Friedhofer's musical score, the enchanting beauty of Greek islands, and the incredibly luscious Sophia Loren combine to make this film memorable despite the thin story.
Alan Ladd steps out of the saddle to play an archaeologist that is determined to preserve Greek treasures for Greece. Too bad he wasn't around to save the Elgin marbles. He teams with Sophia Loren to retrieve "The Boy on a Dolphin" and kept the evil Clifton Webb (three Oscar nominations) from spiriting it out of the country.
Sophia Loren was only 23 when this film, which is almost as old as I am, was made. Those who have never seen her in her prime would do well to see what you fathers lusted after when your mother wasn't looking. If all you've seen is Grumpier Old Men, you may wonder what all the fuss was about.
As a bit of trivia, she was required to walk in a trench in this film in order to give audiences the impression that her diminutive co-star, Alan Ladd, was taller than she.
Not to dismiss Loren, the beauty of the Greek islands where this was film equals her allure to me. A film made in Greece is always worth watching, especially one that shows it before it was ruined by tourism.
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