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City in the Sea (1965)

War-Gods of the Deep (original title)
Unrated | | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror | 26 May 1965 (USA)
In 1903, in Cornwall, a group of locals discover an underwater city, dating back to 1803, that hides a society of smugglers and aquatic creatures.


Jacques Tourneur, Ishirô Honda (uncredited)


Charles Bennett (screenplay), Louis M. Heyward (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... The Captain, Sir Hugh
Tab Hunter ... Ben Harris
David Tomlinson ... Harold Tufnell-Jones
Susan Hart ... Jill Tregillis
John Le Mesurier ... Rev. Jonathan Ives
Henry Oscar ... Mumford (as Harry Oscar)
Derek Newark Derek Newark ... Dan
Roy Patrick ... Simon
Herbert the Rooster Herbert the Rooster ... Herbert the Rooster


Set on the Cornish coast in 1903, the film features a group of people discovering an underwater society of smugglers who never age living in a lost underwater city along with their gill-man slaves. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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The destruction of the underwater city utilized stock footage from Atragon (1963). See more »


When Ben Harris goes into one of the rooms, he reaches around the door-frame and flicks the light switch a couple of times, even though he has been told that the electricity is off. He then leaves the switch in the "up" position. A couple of minutes later electrical power is restored and the main light in the room comes on. However this is set in England, where the "on" position for light switches is "down", not "up", so the light should not have come on. See more »


The Captain: Atlantis? Perhaps; a name is as good as another.
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Crazy Credits

At cast credits' end: "And not to forget, Herbert!" [Harold's rooster] See more »


Featured in Space Probe Taurus (1965) See more »


Jill's Theme
Written and Conducted by Stanley Black
Performed by Stanley Black Orchestra
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I liked this film very much.
13 June 2004 | by BMatth6167See all my reviews

As I watched this film I kept imagining kids in the year 1965 watching this at Saturday afternoon matinees and thinking this was the coolest thing they had ever seen in their lives. What more could you ask for: a handsome and likable hero in Tab Hunter, a stunningly beautiful leading lady, the delightful David Tomlinson as comic relief, the masterfully sinister Vincent Price as the villain, an undersea world filled with mysterious and treacherous caverns, monstrous mer-men, and a nearby volcano threatening destruction at any moment. That's a pretty good Saturday afternoon if you ask me. And if you can approach this film in that way, allowing for the time and place in which it was made to inform your judgment, I think you'll find this a very enjoyable picture. For the most part it looks great (especially when one considers how tightly AIP held their purse strings in those days) if a bit dated by today's standards, but that too can be part of the fun.

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26 May 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Pathecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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