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Underwater! (1955)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | 1955 (UK)
Two scuba divers find a shipwreck which may contain undiscovered treasure, however, their attempt to salvage it is threatened by scavengers.

Director:

John Sturges

Writers:

Walter Newman (screenplay), Hugh King (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jane Russell ... Theresa Gray
Gilbert Roland ... Dominic Quesada
Richard Egan ... Johnny Gray
Lori Nelson ... Gloria
Robert Keith ... Father Cannon
Joseph Calleia ... Rico Herrera
Eugene Iglesias ... Miguel Vega
Ric Roman ... Jesus
Dámaso Pérez Prado ... Perez Prado (as Perez Prado)
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Dominic Quesada and Johnny Gray, two SCUBA divers searching for sunken treasure off the coast of Cuba, think they've hit the jackpot when they find a 17th century ship on the sea floor. They need working capital however and Johnny is ready to hock his boat but his wife Theresa thinks they're off on another wild scheme that will leave them all poorer than when they started. She comes around however and are soon joined by Gloria, whose boat they will use and Father Cannon, a university professor and archaeologist. Although Dominic hasn't been completely honest with his partners, they may in fact be in the area of a major treasure ship. When they do find it, the ship is teetering on the edge of a 300 foot cliff and dangerous for even the most experienced divers. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

SKIN DIVER ACTION...AQUA-LUNG THRILLS! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Rainbow See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

More than the 99 minutes length of the movie takes place below the surface, a record held by a theatrical theater feature till peter Yates' The Deep and Jim Cameron's The Abyss. See more »

Goofs

Johnny's narration as they sail to the wreck site includes the following " ...when evening tossed out the stars like shining dice, I could only see the high-priced bangles that hang around Theresa's throat." However Theresa does not wear necklaces when she is on the deck and only once when below. See more »

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Featured in Biography: Jane Russell: Body and Soul (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White
(Cerisier Rose et Pommier Blanc)
Music by Louiguy
French lyrics by Jacques Larue
English lyrics by Mack David
Performed by Dámaso Pérez Prado Y Su Orchestra
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Great Underwater Adventure of Treasure Hunters
16 November 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The scuba diver partners Dominic Quesada (Gilbert Roland) and Johnny Gray (Richard Egan) are treasure hunters that are seeking for sunken treasures in the Caribean waters. When they find evidences of the Seventeenth Century galleon Santo Bello in the bottom of the sea, they raise money and an adequate boat and they sail to the spot with Johnny's wife Theresa Gray (Jane Russell), the boat's owner Gloria (Lori Nelson) and Father Cannon (Robert Keith), who is an archaeologist, to recover the treasure.

They find the galleon located in a dangerous location on the edge of a cliff and they use a winch to try to hold it in position. Meanwhile they feel threatened by greedy shark hunters but they leave them in an island. When Theresa is trapped in the debris of the sunken vessel, Johnny and Dominic have difficulties to rescue her. But when they return to they vessel, they have a surprise.

"Underwater!" is a naive popcorn movie with a great adventure of treasure hunters. The attractions of this film are basically the underwater filming and Jane Russell, but it is entertaining in a rainy afternoon on DVD. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Alforje do Diabo" ("The Devil's Saddlebag")


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