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Undersea Girl (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 22 September 1957 (USA)
A woman reporter, a navy investigator, and a heavyset police detective come across a gang which scuttled a ship in order to loot her later, underwater, for a Navy money consignment.

Director:

John Peyser

Writers:

Arthur V. Jones (original story), Arthur V. Jones (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Mara Corday ... Valerie Hudson
Pat Conway ... Navy Lt. Brad Chase
Florence Marly ... Leila Graham - Gang Moll
Dan Seymour ... Police Lt. Mike Travis
Ralph Clanton Ralph Clanton ... Sam Marvin
Myron Healey ... Eric 'Swede' Nelson - Gang Member
Lewis Charles ... Phil Barry - Gang Member
Jerry Eskow Jerry Eskow ... Dwyer - Gang Member
Dehl Berti ... Joe - Gang Member
Sue George Sue George ... Susie - Beach Blonde
Mickey Simpson ... Frank Larkin - Gang Member
Mike Mason Mike Mason ... Don Carson -Beach Lifeguard
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When the body of a fisherman is found beneath the sea, investigating police Lieutenant Mike Travis (Dan Seymour) persuades reporter Valerie Hudson (Mara Corday) to withhold the story. Later, a man arrested for fighting is found to possess $3,000 comprised of bills having the same sequence of serial numbers which were part of $2,000,000 lost when a naval ship was sunk, and the Navy assigns Lieutenant Brad Chase (Pat Conway) to the case. The investigation revelas that the money had been transferred from a trans-Pacific vessel to a tuna-fishing boat, then to an undersea cave by a gang of killers and thieves. Jealousy and distrust among the gang members result in aiding Brad to solve the mystery of the missing money. An undersea fight between the criminal and Brad and his skin-divers, including Valeria, leads to the trap Brad sets for their capture and the recovery of the money. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Skin Diving Terror On The Ocean Floor!

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Crime | Drama

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Soggy Drive-In Double Biller
4 April 2020 | by Henchman_Number1See all my reviews

Ace reporter Valerie Hudson (Mara Corday) and her friends discover a submerged body while scuba diving off the California Coast. When U.S. Bills are found on the victim that match the serial numbers of those that supposedly went down on a sunken ship, Hefty police Lt. Mike Travis (Dan Seymour) jumps on the case. When the Navy catches wind of the situation they bring in their own man, Lt. Brad Chase (Pat Conway), who as it happens is Hudson's ex-boyfriend. When our trio traces the bills back to the crew of a tuna fishing vessel the scene is set for a sub-aquatic crime-fest.

Though the movie has sort a of a cool period piece vibe it fails to create much energy. Despite the title Corday doesn't spend a lot of time under the sea. Beyond finding the aforementioned body and another junket where she finds herself in peril during the obligatory shark encounter, she rides out the movie on dry ground. The forced injection of a battle-of-the sexes match-up between Corday as the tough woman reporter demanding respect and Conway as the glib Navy lieutenant wears thin quickly and doesn't provide much lift. The movie hints at different sub-plots and situations which ultimately stall out. Superfluous lounge singing number launched midway through the movie adds little more than time killing filler.

Undersea Girl has no pretense about what it is, a low budget B double biller. Even so Nacirema Productions doesn't come close to clearing the bar that they set for themselves with their previous film, the similarly named Hot Rod Girl. Instead this looks like an attempt to springboard off the relative success of that film. While certainly no masterpiece, Hot Rod Girl had a sense of fun about it which is absent here. Other than the location shots and some okay underwater photography there isn't much to recommend.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1957 (USA) See more »

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Aqua Dive Girl See more »

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