Hell Below Zero

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Hell Below Zero
Hell Below Zero FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Mark Robson
Produced by Irving Allen
Albert R. Broccoli
Written by Richard Maibaum
Alec Coppel
Max Trell
Based on novel by Hammond Innes
Starring Alan Ladd
Stanley Baker
Music by Clifton Parker
Cinematography John Wilcox
Edited by John D. Guthridge
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
Running time
90 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Hell Below Zero (1954) is a murder mystery film, starring Alan Ladd in the second of his films for Warwick Films.

The film was directed by Mark Robson, and was written by Alec Coppel and Max Trell. The film was produced in colour, based on the novel The White South by Hammond Innes, and presents interesting footage of whaling fleets in action.[1]


The plot revolves around the death of Captain Nordahl, on a factory ship in Antarctic waters, lost overboard in mysterious circumstances. Captain Nordahl is an associate in a Norwegian whaling company, Bland-Nordahl.

Duncan Craig, an American, played by Ladd, meets Judie Nordahl (Joan Tetzel), the captain's daughter on his way to South Africa where he gets even with a business partner who cheated him. With little money left and a desire to see Judie again, Craig signs on to be a mate on the ship taking Judie to Antarctica.

On arrival in Antarctic waters, Craig finds suspicious evidence that seems to implicate Erik Bland (Stanley Baker), the new captain of the factory ship, in a conspiracy. Another murder follows and the film concludes with a dramatic showdown on the ice.



Shooting took place at Pinewood Studios.[2]


  1. ^ IMDB entry
  2. ^ "The Future Programme", Kinematograph Weekly, 31 May 1956 p 14

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