Fire Down Below (1957 film)
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|Fire Down Below|
|Directed by||Robert Parrish|
|Produced by||Albert R. Broccoli
|Written by||Irwin Shaw|
|Music by||Ken Jones|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures Corporation|
|Release dates||May 1, 1957|
|Running time||116 min.|
|Box office||$2,050,000 (US)|
After the Korean War, Americans Tony (Lemmon) and Felix (Mitchum) own a tramp boat, the Ruby, which they use for small-scale smuggling around the Caribbean, along with a third crewman, Jimmy Jean (Edric Connor). One day, their bartender contact, Miguel (Anthony Newley), introduces them to an American businessman who has been enjoying the company of beautiful but passport-less European goddess Irena (Hayworth). He has to return to Detroit, but wants to arrange for her to get to another island. They are reluctant, but $1000 proves very tempting.
On the voyage, Tony starts falling in love with her. Knowing the kind of woman she is, Felix does his best to protect his partner by warning Irena to stay away from Tony. However, Felix starts falling for her himself. When she disembarks, Tony goes with her, ending his partnership with Felix.
Tony and Jimmy Jean take on a shady job, but are intercepted by the authorities. They have to abandon ship and swim to a nearby island to avoid arrest. Tony takes a job on a cargo ship to get back to Irena. He also plans to kill Felix, correctly suspecting that his former partner tipped off the customs agents to get rid of the competition for Irena. However, while Tony is away, she goes to Felix and confesses she loves him.
After a collision, Tony is trapped below deck under a girder with time running out; the ship is aflame and carrying a highly explosive cargo. Doctor Sam Blake (Bernard Lee) offers the only way out, by amputating Tony's trapped legs, but he would rather die. Felix goes aboard and stays with him. An explosion frees Tony from the wreckage, and Felix carries him to safety.
- Rita Hayworth as Irena
- Jack Lemmon as Tony
- Robert Mitchum as Felix
- Herbert Lom as Harbour Master
- Bonar Colleano as Lt. Sellars
- Bernard Lee as Dr. Sam Blake
- Peter Illing as Captain of the Ulysses
- Edric Connor as Jimmy Jean
- Anthony Newley as Miguel
- Eric Pohlmann as Hotel Owner
- Lionel Murton as American
- Murray Kash as Bartender
- Albert R. Broccoli as Drug smuggler
- Joan Miller as Mrs Canaday
- Barbara Lane as Dancer
- Gina Chare as Dancer
- Shirley Rus as Dancer
The film was Rita Hayworth's return to motion pictures after a four year absence.
- Fire Down Below by Lester Lee and Ned Washington
- All harmonica themes in this movie are composed and played by Jack Lemmon.
- "Top Grosses of 1957", Variety, 8 January 1958: 30