City under the Sea

City under the Sea

Jacques Tourneur (1965)

83min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Tenuously based on Edgar Allan Poe, with Jules Verne being the main uncredited inspiration, this fanciful mix of comedy adventure and submarine suspense was director Jacques Tourneur's final feature (Poe regular Roger Corman turned it down). Vincent Price enjoyably camps it up as the immortal underwater leader of a Cornish contingent of smugglers-turned-gill-men, and the whole subterranean soufflé is highly watchable even if, sadly, it does slide from the poetic to the pathetic in the second half.

Summary

An American diver sets out to rescue a woman who has been kidnapped off the Cornish coast. He follows the trail to an undersea colony inhabited by immortal Victorian smugglers and ruled over by a crazed tyrant with a monstrous race of aquatic creatures at his beck and call. Fantasy adventure, starring Tab Hunter, Vincent Price, Susan Hart and John Le Mesurier.

Cast & Crew

Captain, Sir Hugh Tregathion Vincent Price
Harold Tiffin-Jones David Tomlinson
Ben Harris Tab Hunter
Jill Tregellis Susan Hart
Rev Jonathan Ives John Le Mesurier
Mumford Henry Oscar
Dan Derek Newark
Simon Roy Patrick
Director Jacques Tourneur
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Anglo Amalgamated

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