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Boy on a Dolphin (1957)

A woman finds a treasure and is torn between two men: one who wants to sell it and one who wants to gift it to Greece.

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Ivan Moffat (screenplay), Dwight Taylor (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Ladd ... Dr. James Calder
Clifton Webb ... Victor Parmalee
Sophia Loren ... Phaedra
Alexis Minotis Alexis Minotis ... Milidias Nadapoulos (as Alex Minotis)
Jorge Mistral ... Rhif
Laurence Naismith ... Dr. Hawkins
Piero Giagnoni Piero Giagnoni ... Niko
Gertrude Flynn Gertrude Flynn ... Miss Dill
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Storyline

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 Kona

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An adventurous love story that will live 'til the seas run dry!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

19 April 1957 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lenda da Estátua Nua See more »

Filming Locations:

Meteora, Greece See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,300,000, 31 December 1957
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (magnetic prints)| Mono (optical prints)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is Sophia Loren's American film debut, coming out in April of 1957. Some people have reported that The Pride and the Passion (1957) is actually her first film, but that film was released in July of 1957. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Victor Parmalee: You'll dive with Calder - dive all over the Aegean Sea. Except in one spot: the spot with the boy on a dolphin.
Phaedra: But sir...
Victor Parmalee: [Cutting her off] Dive until he runs out of patience, runs out of ambition, out of money, out of oxygen, and hope!
Phaedra: [Tapping her finger to her temple] Oh, Mr. Parmalee, you have plenty of noodle, you know?
Victor Parmalee: Thank you.
Phaedra: Now, we all have wine!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: THE ISLANDS OF GREECE See more »


Soundtracks

Boy on a Dolphin
Based on "Tinafio" (Ti Ine Afto Pou To Lene Agapi)
Music by Takis Morakis
Music Adapted by Hugo Friedhofer
Original Lyrics by Danai (uncredited)
Greek Text by Ioanis Fermanoglou (as J. Fermanglou)
American Lyric by Paul Francis Webster
Sung over credits by Julie London (uncredited) and in the film by Sophia Loren (uncredited)
Musical Director for Julie London: Howard Roberts (uncredited)
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An exotic on-location underwater thriller!
3 January 2007 | by gilbert-burbachSee all my reviews

This film was one of 1957's top grossers mainly due to the fact that in those years the public wanted exotic European location shooting and the film certainly does a good job of showing Greece and Sophia Loren who is ravishing.The story is a thriller.Alan Ladd plays a archaeologist ,Sophia a poor sponge diver and Clifton Webb an unscrupulous collector of art.The plot is not really that important.What counts is the scenery and Sophia.Alan Ladd whom I have always considered as a very good actor, but underrated by critics does a good job,like always(he always tried his best), all the more so that his partner was really very much taller than him and he suffered from that.I don't understand why everybody made so much fuss about Alan Ladd's size.He was just as short or tall as Humphrey Bogart or James Cagney or even George Raft.The film is very enjoyable.


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