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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 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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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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Details

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, 31 December 1957
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warwick Film Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Inspired by their location shoot in Trinidad and Tobago, Robert Mitchum recorded a calypso album, while Jack Lemmon scored a harmonica theme for the film. See more »

Goofs

Early on in the trip, Felix and Tony get into a fist fight, and Jimmy Jean continues to steer before eventually breaking up the fight. When the camera pulls back, it is clear that the boat is not moving. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Sam Blake: Have you seen this picture before?
Tony: Yeah, the lady is my Aunt Clara and the man is my Sunday school teacher and the colored gentleman played second base for me when I managed the New York Giants.
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Connections

Referenced in Listen Up Philip (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Eine kleine Nachtmusik
(uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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The woman from Trinidad....
30 November 2006 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

Rita Hayworth was 40 at the time this film was made. Rather interesting. She still looked lovely. Robert Mitchum and Jack Lemmon are both vying for her attention; Mitchum wins out momentarily.

Toward the end the story shifts as Lemmon is trapped in a ship, there is a fire, and Lemmon becomes a more sympathetic character. Mitchum and Hayworth feel guilty. This story would seem ripe for a re-make; it is a good story; rather a curiosity.

The Technicolor oranges and greens are prevalent; it is always interesting to watch films from this period. It would seem the stars themselves were fabricated to coordinate with the surroundings. The scenes at the carnival event are colorful and wild. Worth seeing as a commentary on the times.


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