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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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FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

With a budget of $2.5m, the film failed to recoup its costs. See more »

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In the opening title, the copyright date is given as MDCCCCLVII. The four C's, four repeating letters are illegitimate in Roman numerology. MCMLVII is canonical. See more »

Quotes

Felix Bowers: I'm proud. I don't make love to the dead.
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Referenced in Cubby Broccoli: The Man Behind Bond (2000) See more »

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Spanish Main
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odd film, probably due to odd editing
20 April 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Rita Hayworth, Robert Mitchum, and Jack Lemmon star in "Fire Down Below," a 1957 film. Hayworth plays Irena, a woman with a mysterious European past and no passport. Mitchum and Lemmon are Felix and Tony, who run a ferry boat in the Caribbean. They are paid to take Irena to another island. Felix (Mitchum) knows she's trouble and worse than that, he's attracted to her. Tony (Lemmon) falls for Irena and, when she leaves the ferry, he accompanies her.

The film takes an odd turn here - Tony wants to marry Irena, so he takes a job transporting illegal goods to get some money together. But someone has tipped off the police. Tony and his associate escape, and Tony ends up on a Greek ship. The ship has an accident, and Tony is trapped in the hold.

This film starts out as one thing - a love triangle, a mysterious woman with a checkered past, two friends who become enemies - and becomes the story of a man facing death in the cargo hold of a ship. That part goes on too long, and we don't see the happenings on dry land. We are told about them toward the end of the film. It just felt like something was missing.

There are suspenseful moments and good acting. Mitchum plays the sardonic Felix well, and Lemmon is, as always, likable as Tony and handles both the light and dramatic scenes very well. I do think for this role his casting was somewhat strange. I think like Hayworth he was trying to fulfill contractual obligations to Columbia. Hayworth is a long way from her Gilda days, but a striking woman. Her hard life, like the life of the character, has caught up with her. She doesn't display a lot of range in the role but has a knockout dance number during Mardi Gras that is very much the old Rita.

Interesting for the cast.


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