Devil and the Deep

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Devil and the Deep
Devil and the Deep.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Marion Gering
Screenplay by Benn W. Levy
Story by Harry Hervey
Based on Sirenes et Tritons 
by Maurice Larrouy
Cinematography Charles Lang
Edited by Otho Lovering
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • August 12, 1932 (1932-08-12) (USA)
Running time
78 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Devil and the Deep is a 1932 American drama film directed by Marion Gering and starring Tallulah Bankhead, Gary Cooper, Charles Laughton, and Cary Grant.[1] Based on the novel Sirenes et Tritons by Maurice Larrouy, the film is about a Naval commander who has made life miserable for his wife due to his insane jealousy over every man she speaks to. After his obsessive behavior drives her to the arms of a handsome lieutenant, the commander plots revenge.[1]


Charles Storm (Charles Laughton) is a naval commander whose jealousy makes life miserable for his wife Diana (Tallulah Bankhead). His suspicions fall over his own subordinate, Lieutenant Jaeckel (Cary Grant). Although his suspicions had no cause, Storm relieves him of his duties. After Charles' obsessive behavior causes him to strike Diana, she soon falls into the arms of yet another officer, Jaeckel's replacement Lieutenant Sempter (Gary Cooper). Learning of their affair, Charles plots a terrible revenge.



This is the only film featuring both Gary Cooper and Cary Grant as the movie's leading men but they never appear together onscreen. However, in the following year's film version of Alice in Wonderland, Grant played the Mock Turtle and Cooper played the White Knight, having their only movie scene together (of sorts) as the entire cast appears in the tea party scene (including W.C. Fields as Humpty Dumpty).


  1. ^ a b c "Devil and the Deep (1932)". The New York Times. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 

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