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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

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


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The tune Alan Ladd whistles from his balcony is 'On the Atchison, Topeka and Sante Fe' from the Judy Garland movie 'The Harvey Girls (1946)'. See more »

Goofs

In several scenes throughout the movie, Sophia Loren's character enters a Greek-Orthodox church and begins her prayer with "sancta Maria". This would almost certainly never be uttered in a Greek-Orthodox church, especially since the word "sancta" is of Latinate etymology (Loren's character is supposedly Greek although she herself is Italian) and more so, because this is an exclusively Roman-Catholic recitation. In Greek one might say: "Panagia mou", but NEVER "Agia Maria" which is the Greek equivalent of "sancta Maria" meaning "saint Maria". 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 »

Connections

Featured in Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) 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 Stratigopoulou (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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One of the sexiest stars in film history.
2 December 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

19 April 1957 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Meteora, Greece See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,867
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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