Boy on a Dolphin
|Boy on a Dolphin|
Original lobby card
|Directed by||Jean Negulesco|
|Produced by||Samuel G. Engel|
|Written by||Ivan Moffat
David Divine (novel)
|Music by||Hugo Friedhofer|
|Cinematography||Milton R. Krasner|
|Edited by||William Mace|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release date(s)||April 19, 1957|
|Running time||111 minutes|
|Box office||$3.3 million|
Boy on a Dolphin is a 1957 20th Century Fox romantic film set in Greece and shot in CinemaScope. It was directed by Jean Negulesco and produced by Samuel G. Engel from a screenplay by Ivan Moffat and Dwight Taylor, based on the novel by David Divine.
The film is noteworthy as Sophia Loren's English language debut, although it is also notable for her singing "T'in'afto pou to lene agapi" (What is this they call love) in Modern Greek. Opposite Loren were stars Alan Ladd and Clifton Webb, with Alexis Minotis and Laurence Naismith in support. Hugo Friedhofer's score was nominated for a Best Music Academy Award in 1958. Cinematography was by Milton R. Krasner.
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Sophia Loren (Phaedra) plays a poor Greek sponge diver who accidentally finds an ancient Greek statue of a boy riding a dolphin on the bottom of the Aegean Sea. Her efforts to sell it to the highest bidder lead her to two competing individuals - Alan Ladd, an honest archaeologist with an academic's bankroll, and Clifton Webb, a wealthy but unscrupulous art collector.
Ladd (museum curator Dr. James Calder) is committed to seeing the statue handed over to the rightful Greek authorities. Webb (millionaire Victor Parmalee) seeks to outwit him and add the treasure to his private collection. Loren throws in with Parmalee, but ends up romantically involved with Ladd, with predictable complications all round.
- Alan Ladd as Dr. James Calder
- Clifton Webb as Victor Parmalee
- Sophia Loren as Phaedra
- Alex Minotis as Milidias Nadapoulos
- Jorge Mistral as Rhif
- Laurence Naismith as Dr. Hawkins
- Piero Giagnoni as Niko
- Gertrude Flynn as Miss Dill
Much of the film was shot on location on the Greek Saronic Islands, notably Hydra. Establishing shots of Athens, Rhodes and Delos add to the vérité, while matte shots and some interiors were done at Cinecittà in Rome. One scene utilizes the Eastern Orthodox monastery complex at Metéora later used as a location in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only.
The disparity in heights between the 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Loren and 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) Ladd led to complications in filming. Some of their scenes together required him to stand on a box, while another forced a trench to be dug for Loren when the pair walked along the beach.
The sultry theme song often attributed to Julie London (though she did record her own version accompanied only by a guitar) is actually sung by Mary Kaye in the movie and is performed over the stunning underwater title sequence.:
- There's a tale that they tell of a dolphin
- And a boy made of gold.
- With the shells and the pearls in the deep,
- He has lain many years fast asleep
- What they tell of the boy on a dolphin,
- Who can say if it's true?
- Should he rise from the depths of the ocean,
- Any wish that you wish may come true.
- You say "he's only a statue, and what can a statue achieve?"
- And yet, while I'm gazing at you,
- My heart tells my head to believe.
- If the boy whom the gods have enchanted
- Should arise from the sea,
- And the wish of my heart could be granted,
- I would wish that you loved only me.
- Boy on a Dolphin at the Internet Movie Database
- Boy on a Dolphin at AllMovie
- Boy on a Dolphin at the TCM Movie Database