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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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Details

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

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: Jim, you're talking to me as if I were a man of honor... I'm not!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: THE ISLANDS OF GREECE See more »

Connections

Referenced in 5.000 psemmata (1966) 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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Gorgeous Sophia in Greek sun, surf, and intrigue.
18 July 2005 | by merlinfarmsSee all my reviews

I saw this movie in the theater when it first came out and then again, years later on t.v. I had the good fortune to tape it onto video as I don't think it can be found in any video stores. I really enjoy this movie as the story is engaging and the location shots are beautiful. Sophia Loren does a fantastic job of portraying a vibrant, headstrong, passionate woman on a mission. I've always liked Clifton Webb and thought he did a typically tight, professional turn as an arrogant, proud art dealer immersed in his own inflated sense of superiority and worldliness. Alan Ladd as Dr. Caulder of the museum in Athens is the low point for me as I never found him to be a particularly good actor. He does okay in this movie but doesn't really fill the screen with great charisma. The soundtrack and the title song are fabulous - at times lilting, haunting, and fun. I find myself humming the title theme for hours after watching the movie. How I often know whether I like a movie or not is if I want to jump into the story and "be there". I definitely would want to "be there".


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