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Hell Below Zero (1954)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 15 January 1954 (Japan)
The captain of an Antarctic whaling ship falls overboard in mysterious circumstances and his daughter, aided by a sympathetic American, decides to investigate the accident.

Director:

Mark Robson

Writers:

Alec Coppel (screenplay), Max Trell (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Ladd ... Duncan Craig
Joan Tetzel ... Judie Nordhal
Basil Sydney ... Bland
Stanley Baker ... Erik Bland
Joseph Tomelty ... Capt. McPhee
Niall MacGinnis ... Dr. Howe
Jill Bennett ... Gerda Petersen
Peter Dyneley ... Miller
Susan Rayne Susan Rayne ... Kathleen
Philo Hauser Philo Hauser ... Sandeborg
Ivan Craig Ivan Craig ... Larsen
Paddy Ryan Paddy Ryan ... Manders
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Factory Ship Radio Operator
Paul Homer Paul Homer ... Kista Dan Radio Operator
Edward Hardwicke ... Ulvik
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Duncan Craig signs on a whaling ship, partly because his own business deal has fallen through, partly to help Judie Nordhall find her father. Rumor has it that her father may have been murdered by Erik Bland, son of her father's partner and her one-time lover. Duncan and Erik find themselves on rival whaleboats and, ultimately, on an ice floe. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Actually filmed with the whaling fleet in the raging Antarctic! See more »


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1954 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The White South See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Southern Truce whale catcher is an actual ship built in England in 1945 and was used for whaling in Antartica until 1963, at which point it was sold and used as a cargo ship under several names. See more »

Goofs

When Eric falls into the sea at the end of the fight, the loose 'ice' is floating much too high, showing that it is actually expanded polystyrene. See more »

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Referenced in Cubby Broccoli: The Man Behind Bond (2000) See more »

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Whaling archive
21 April 2004 | by ed-387See all my reviews

In the 21st century, this film is remarkable and valuable for one thing- as an archive of mid 20th century whaling, when the industrial killing was at its height. You will never again see so many blue whales together at one time. Pity they're all dead, next to the factory ship ready for processing. The whaling fleet was British (yes, we did that!). As a marine biologist I had seen many scenes of harpooning, but I had never seen the scenes of flensing and the industrial moving of such huge objects. I have never had a better illustration of the mass of a blue whale than when I saw it turned on the deck of the factory ship. Also, the blackboard chalking up what were presumably genuine daily scores for each whaleship was amazing. The attitudes of the leading characters at the successful capture of a blue whale were also stunning to see. If you have an interest in the whaling debate, see this film. I doubt there is a better film record of industrial whaling anywhere.


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