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Boy on a Dolphin (1957)

A woman finds a treasure and is torn between two men: one who wants to sell it and one who wants to gift it to Greece.

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Ivan Moffat (screenplay), Dwight Taylor (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Ladd ... Dr. James Calder
Clifton Webb ... Victor Parmalee
Sophia Loren ... Phaedra
Alexis Minotis Alexis Minotis ... Milidias Nadapoulos (as Alex Minotis)
Jorge Mistral ... Rhif
Laurence Naismith ... Dr. Hawkins
Piero Giagnoni Piero Giagnoni ... Niko
Gertrude Flynn ... Miss Dill
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Storyline

Phaedra is a poor sponge diver on the lovely Greek isle of Hydra. While diving, she discovers an ancient brass and gold statue of a boy riding a dolphin, which is said to have the magical power to grant wishes. Her shiftless boyfriend wants to sell it to an unscrupulous art collector, but Phaedra wants to give it to anthropologist Jim Calder, who would return it to the Greek government. Written by Kona

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An adventurous love story that will live 'til the seas run dry!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

19 April 1957 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lenda da Estátua Nua See more »

Filming Locations:

Meteora, Greece See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,300,000, 31 December 1957
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (magnetic prints)| Mono (optical prints)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The tune Alan Ladd whistles from his balcony is 'On the Atchison, Topeka and Sante Fe' from the Judy Garland movie 'The Harvey Girls'. See more »

Goofs

In several scenes throughout the movie, Sophia Loren's character enters a Greek-Orthodox church and begins her prayer with "sancta Maria". This would almost certainly never be uttered in a Greek-Orthodox church, especially since the word "sancta" is of Latinate etymology (Loren's character is supposedly Greek although she herself is Italian) and more so, because this is an exclusively Roman-Catholic recitation. In Greek one might say: "Panagia mou", but NEVER "Agia Maria" which is the Greek equivalent of "sancta Maria" meaning "saint Maria". See more »

Quotes

Victor Parmalee: You'll dive with Calder - dive all over the Aegean Sea. Except in one spot: the spot with the boy on a dolphin.
Phaedra: But sir...
Victor Parmalee: [Cutting her off] Dive until he runs out of patience, runs out of ambition, out of money, out of oxygen, and hope!
Phaedra: [Tapping her finger to her temple] Oh, Mr. Parmalee, you have plenty of noodle, you know?
Victor Parmalee: Thank you.
Phaedra: Now, we all have wine!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: THE ISLANDS OF GREECE See more »

Connections

Referenced in QI: Aviation (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Boy on a Dolphin
Based on "Tinafio" (Ti Ine Afto Pou To Lene Agapi)
Music by Takis Morakis
Music Adapted by Hugo Friedhofer
Original Lyrics by Danai (uncredited)
Greek Text by Ioanis Fermanoglou (as J. Fermanglou)
American Lyric by Paul Francis Webster
Sung over credits by Julie London (uncredited) and in the film by Sophia Loren (uncredited)
Musical Director for Julie London: Howard Roberts (uncredited)
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The immortal Sophia, rising from the sea!
27 September 2003 | by gregcoutureSee all my reviews

Ah, yes! Who can forget that image of Sophia, climbing aboard a small fishing vessel, her peasant blouse opulently revealing why she first became a movie star? 20th-Century Fox wisely featured a snippet of that scene in "Previews of Coming Attractions" for this film when it was first being distributed. The production itself benefits hugely from the gorgeous locations of its story and the Hollywood professionalism of everyone assigned to it. All that, plus Julie London lending her breathy vocalizing to the lovely title song.

One of the things I recall about it was Sophia's retort when asked how much would be sufficient compensation for the ancient treasure she'd found under the Aegean. "For me, plenty of money is enough!" How convincingly she delivered that line and how lucky we've been ever since that her stardom led to many better displays of her talents.

Where, oh! where is the DVD (CinemaScope ratio preserved, s'il vous plait!) of this sunken treasure?


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