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Below the Sea (1933)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 29 March 1933 (USA)
A wealthy woman funds an underwater expedition to explore for marine life, but what she doesn't know is that her "colleagues" have other intentions.

Director:

Albert S. Rogell (as Albert Rogell)

Writers:

Jo Swerling (story), Jo Swerling (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ralph Bellamy ... Steve McCreary
Fay Wray ... Diana Templeton
Frederick Vogeding Frederick Vogeding ... Von Boulton - Karl Schlemmer (as Fredrik Vogeding)
Esther Howard ... Lily
Paul Page ... Jackson (as Paul Westermeter)
A. Trevor Addinsell A. Trevor Addinsell ... Waldridge (as Trevor Bland)
William J. Kelly ... Dr. Chapman
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Storyline

After a German U-boat is sunk near the end of World War I, it's captain, the only living member of the crew 15 years later, plots to retrieve the gold bullion that went down with the boat. He enlists the financial help of a woman who owns a waterfront dive, and a world-renowned undersea diver, but when the ship the woman bankrolls sinks, the two men sign on to an expedition bankrolled by another woman -- this time with scientific knowledge being her motive. They plan to use the expedition's equipment to dive to the wreck and bring up the gold. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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UNDERSEA SCENES IN MULTICOLOR (original one-sheet poster-all caps) See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

29 March 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beneath the Sea See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor) (one sequence)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A short documentary sequence on undersea life, filmed in two-strip technicolor, running approximately 4 minutes, originally filmed to be used in The Uninvited Guest (1924), and shown at the shipboard party at the beginning of the third reel, is now missing and apparently lost. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Steve 'Mac' McCreary: It cost me a million bucks to go down there after you.
Diane Templeton: Well?
Steve 'Mac' McCreary: You're the kind of girl that's gonna get in trouble all her life. Anybody that trails along with you is just looking for trouble.
Diane Templeton: Well?
Steve 'Mac' McCreary: That's the kind of a girl you are... and that's the kind of a guy I am. Always looking for trouble.
[kisses her]
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Connections

Referenced in The Wreck Hunters: Dive to the Wreck of the USS Bass (2004) See more »

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A classic of miscasting
17 March 2013 | by MikeMagiSee all my reviews

Somewhere, somehow, somebody decided that Ralph Bellamy was perfect to play the sort of role that would have suited Humphrey Bogart or maybe Robert Mitchum in a later era. So there he is, trying to come off as a cynical tough guy, a professional diver, who signs on for an undersea expedition financed by society playgirl Fay Wray. What he doesn't know is that the captain of their ship isn't searching for exotic marine life but a cache of gold from a sunken U-boat. It's a standard grade-B actioner, down to a fight to the death with a prop octopus. But watching the easy-going, erudite Bellamy desperately trying to play a hard-boiled adventurer is worth tuning in for.


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