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Fire Down Below (1957)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 14 June 1957 (Japan)
The friendship between two tramp boat owners is threatened by the arrival of a beautiful and seductive passenger.

Director:

Robert Parrish

Writers:

Irwin Shaw (screenplay), Max Catto (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rita Hayworth ... Irena
Robert Mitchum ... Felix Bowers
Jack Lemmon ... Tony
Herbert Lom ... Harbour Master
Bonar Colleano ... Lt. Sellers
Bernard Lee ... Doctor Sam
Edric Connor Edric Connor ... Jimmy Jean
Peter Illing ... Captain of Ulysses
Joan Miller Joan Miller ... Mrs. Canaday
Anthony Newley ... Miguel
Eric Pohlmann ... Hotel Owner
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... The American
Vivian Matalon Vivian Matalon ... 1st U.S. Sailor
Gordon Tanner ... 2nd U.S. Sailor
Maurice Kaufmann ... 3rd U.S. Sailor
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Storyline

Tony and Felix own a tramp boat, and sail around the Caribbean doing odd jobs and drinking a lot. They agree to ferry the beautiful but passportless Irena to another island. They both fall for her, leading to betrayal and a break-up of their partnership. Tony takes a job on a cargo ship. After a collision he finds himself trapped below deck with time running out (the ship is aflame), and only Felix, whom he hates and has sworn to kill, left to save him. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Rita Hayworth is the man-burnt woman of it... Robert Mitchum is the woman-scorched man of it... Jack Lemmon is the wild spark that sets it off... See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1957 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Fuego en sus labios See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,050,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's producer, Albert R. Broccoli, makes a cameo as a drug smuggler. See more »

Goofs

Doctor Sam finds a photograph of Felix, Tony, Irena and Jimmy Jean. However, it is impossible that the photograph could have been taken at all, as there was nobody else on the boat with them. See more »

Quotes

Irena: Do they have anything in the shops here that's guaranteed to make a woman invisible?
Tony: What a waste that would be. Come on, let's go out. We'll have a great dinner and dance. Celebrate.
Irena: Celebrate what?
Tony: Celebrate the fact that you're not invisible.
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Connections

Referenced in Listen Up Philip (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Fire Down Below
Performed by Jeri Southern
Written by Lester Lee and Ned Washington
[Through the courtesy of Decca Records]
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Song and Location
7 April 2004 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

You can't go wrong seeing a movie with the three stars that are in this one. But the real feature of this film is the location shooting in Trinidad/Tobago. If this doesn't make you want to choose that as your next vacation you are a hopeless stick-in-the-mud.

The song was also a big hit in 1957. It's a great melody and you hear it and you can't get it out of your mind.

Two men whose friendship his tested by a woman they both have the hots for. And when that woman is Rita Hayworth, who can wonder. She's older now, but still incredibly beautiful.

See a great story and appreciate Trinidad, make those vacation plans.


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