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City in the Sea (1965)

War-Gods of the Deep (original title)
Unrated | | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | 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


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

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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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A fantastic journey to a lost empire one thousand fathoms beneath the sea! See more »


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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

26 May 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City in the Sea See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Pathecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In the final battle just before escaping out of the water, a Gill Men damages his costume and there you can see on his shoulder a bit of his black swimming suit. See more »


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

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Jill's Theme
Written and Conducted by Stanley Black
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Underwater adventure with magnificent acting by Vincent Price as mean smuggler
6 February 2011 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

WAR GODS OF DEEP contains fantastic adventures full of sea-monsters in a lost continent placed underwater . Set on the Cornish coast in 1903, the film starts when a body is washed ashore on a remote seacoast little town , it originates an investigation by an American named Ben Harris (Tab Hunter). He goes to the home where the dead had been an advocate and encounters tracks that indicate that the gorgeous Jill (Susan Hart) may be in deadly risk . Establishing menace and seeing off a suspicious strange monster like a gill-man who he trapped in the act of robbing a portrait of Jill but he gets escape . In the overnight Jill is abducted and Ben and Harold (David Tomlinson ) chase him. Finding a tunnel system going under the sea they walk across a dangerous rout . The duo discovering an underwater band of smugglers who never age residing in a lost underwater city along with their gill-man slaves . The group of people find inhabitants of the lost world that are ruled by one megalomaniac named Sir Hugh (Vincent Price)who has discovered the secret of eternal life but is desperate to avoid his world being destroyed by an eruption caused by a relentless volcano . Sir Hugh governs over the gill-men as slavers and wishes to rule the human beings and the creation a totalitarian state.

Based on Edgar Allan Poe writings with interesting screenplay by Charles Bennett . This fantasy picture packs thrills, weird sea monsters, lively pace and fantastic scenarios located undersea . Vincent Price is the real star of this production and its chief attribute such as Robur the conquer . The tale is silly and laughable but the effects and undersea scenes are quite well. Among the most spectacular of its visuals there are a deeply shrouded caverns full giant sculptures in Persyian style . Some illogical parts in the argument are more than compensated for the excitement provided by Vincent Price acting and the sea-monsters appearance , though sometimes are a little bit shoddy . Cheesy underwater city with mediocre matte painting .Filmed in glimmer cinematography by Stephen Dade on location in Cornwall Coast, Cornwall, England, Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK (studio). Colorful and stirring musical score by Stanley Black . The motion picture is produced by American International (James H Nicholson , Samuel Z. Arkoff) in average budget and middling directed by the classic director Jacques Tourneur in his final feature . He is an expert on terror cinema (Cat people , Curse of the demon, I walked with a Zombie) and adventures (Flame and the arrow ) . ¨City under the sea¨ will appeal to youngsters who swallow whole and sit convulsed in their armchair and of course Vincent Price fans.

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