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Fire Down Below (1957)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 14 June 1957 (Japan)
The friendship between two tramp boat owners is threatened by the arrival of a beautiful and seductive passenger.

Director:

Robert Parrish

Writers:

Irwin Shaw (screenplay), Max Catto (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rita Hayworth ... Irena
Robert Mitchum ... Felix Bowers
Jack Lemmon ... Tony
Herbert Lom ... Harbour Master
Bonar Colleano ... Lt. Sellers
Bernard Lee ... Doctor Sam
Edric Connor Edric Connor ... Jimmy Jean
Peter Illing ... Captain of Ulysses
Joan Miller Joan Miller ... Mrs. Canaday
Anthony Newley ... Miguel
Eric Pohlmann ... Hotel Owner
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... The American
Vivian Matalon Vivian Matalon ... 1st U.S. Sailor
Gordon Tanner ... 2nd U.S. Sailor
Maurice Kaufmann ... 3rd U.S. Sailor
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Storyline

Tony and Felix own a tramp boat, and sail around the Caribbean doing odd jobs and drinking a lot. They agree to ferry the beautiful but passportless Irena to another island. They both fall for her, leading to betrayal and a break-up of their partnership. Tony takes a job on a cargo ship. After a collision he finds himself trapped below deck with time running out (the ship is aflame), and only Felix, whom he hates and has sworn to kill, left to save him. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Taglines:

Torrid, tempestuous Irena...the spark that turned the tropics into a blazing cauldron of passions! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1957 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Fuego en sus labios See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,050,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Average Shot Length (ASL) = 7.6 seconds See more »

Goofs

On their first day out with Irena, the group has engine trouble and indicate that the problem is caused by the port engine. However, Felix adjusts the controls for the starboard engine. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Tony: Like the man says, somedays you win, somedays you lose. Drinks are on me.
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Connections

Referenced in Listen Up Philip (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Fire Down Below
Performed by Jeri Southern
Written by Lester Lee and Ned Washington
[Through the courtesy of Decca Records]
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Surprisingly dull despite the cast and the locations
17 January 2018 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

No-one would ever accuse "Fire Down Below" of being a good film but photographed in Cinemascope and Technicolour on location in the Caribbean it's certainly a handsome one, Throw in Robert Mitchum, Rita Hayworth and Jack Lemmon and it becomes a film with star quality as well. The plot is as old as the hills as pals Mitchum and Lemmon fall out over Hayworth, the woman they are transporting 'from nowhere to nowhere'. The film generates a little excitement, (though not much), when Lemmon gets trapped in a ship that is about to blow up. The terrible dialogue is courtesy of Irwin Shaw from a book by Max Catto and director Robert Parrish was hardly the man to turn a pig's ear into a silk purse.


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