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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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Taglines:

Flaming out of the Caribbean... the big excitement, the burning excitement!!! 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 »

Goofs

On their first day out with Irena, the group has engine trouble and indicate that the problem is caused by the port engine. However, Felix adjusts the controls for the starboard engine. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Jean: It's a long time in the jug.
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Referenced in Cubby Broccoli: The Man Behind Bond (2000) 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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Very strange, and certainly not a success, but interesting in many ways...
14 June 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Max Catto's novel turned into a very odd love triangle involving two skippers of a smuggling vessel in the Caribbean with a luckless red-haired beauty, an immigrant from perhaps Lithuania, who needs to get to Cuba. British production is erratic, with location shots and studio close-ups often occupying the same scene, though the busy, fiery locals are a fun lot (they always seem to be celebrating). Second-half of plot takes a bizarre turn, with sensitive skipper Jack Lemmon getting trapped in the cargo of a burning ship and relying on Robert Mitchum, his old friend/sworn enemy, to pull him through. Mitchum and Lemmon are certainly one of the oddest twosomes in '50s cinema, but they don't play it buddy-buddy and the relationship is kept low-keyed. As the woman who comes between them, Rita Hayworth gets an amusingly irrelevant sequence dancing at Carnivale, but otherwise looks about as beat as her character is supposed to feel (I don't know if this was a case of Method acting or not). The picture isn't boring--nor ham-handed--but neither is it successful as a drama, character study, or action film. It seems to fall between the cracks, but fans of the star-trio should enjoy some of the fireworks. ** from ****


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