Hell below Zero

Hell below Zero

Mark Robson (1954)

86min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Alan Ladd took advantage of the tax break that helped US stars if they spent 18 months in Europe, and made a series of British movies aimed at the international market. This action adventure is based on the Hammond Innes novel The White South and is smoothly directed by another American, the excellent and underrated Mark Robson. Ladd is terrific as he battles assorted grim-faced whalers in the Antarctic wastes. Joan Tetzel plays Ladd's love interest and Stanley Baker glowers effectively as the villain of the piece. The exciting action sequences became the signature of co-producer Albert R Broccoli and co-writer Richard Maibaum, whose collaboration, principally on the James Bond series of movies, continued until Maibaum's death in 1991.

Summary

A thrill-seeking explorer joins a whaling ship and is persuaded by the female captain to investigate the disappearance of her father on an earlier expedition. The pair become suspicious of her former lover - and are proved right when he leaves them for dead in Antarctic waters. Action adventure, starring Alan Ladd, Joan Tetzel, Basil Sydney and Stanley Baker.

Cast & Crew

Duncan Craig Alan Ladd
Judie Nordahl Joan Tetzel
Bland Basil Sydney
Erik Bland Stanley Baker
Captain McPhee Joseph Tomelty
Dr Howe Niall MacGinnis
Gerda Peterson Jill Bennett
Miller Peter Dyneley
Director Mark Robson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warwick Film Prods LtdAvailable on: video
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