Underwater! (1955)

Underwater! (1955)

  • 5.2
  • 97 mins
  • Adventure


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.—garykmcd

Short Review

Shipwrecks! Shark hunters! Swimsuits! Exclamation marks! All this, and not much more, filmed beautifully 'underwater!'Underwater! is a 50s B-movie that follows a treasure hunting expedition with pacing that is more akin to a relaxing fishing excursion than an aquatic tomb raider adventure. Tensions rise a little in the last half-hour or so, as a ticking clock in the form of a collapsing coral reef threatens the divers' efforts to retrieve a Madonna statue from a sunken galleon. After an hour of being conditioned to enjoy drawn-out sequences of bubbles floating past the camera from our protagonists' scuba tanks, this definitely felt like the height of excitement when it entered the narrative. Plus everybody looks great, whether they are underwater! or above it, so you have that going for you throughout the runtime. All up, this was actually kinda entertaining, and felt like a little Caribbean-flavoured vacation into the past.


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