Hell Below Zero
|Hell Below Zero|
|Directed by||Mark Robson|
|Produced by||Irving Allen
Albert R. Broccoli
|Written by||Richard Maibaum
|Based on||novel by Hammond Innes|
|Music by||Clifton Parker|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||90 minutes|
The film was directed by Mark Robson, and was written by Alec Coppel and Max Trell. The film was produced in color, based on the novel The White South by Hammond Innes, and presents interesting footage of whaling fleets in action.
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.
- IMDB entry
- "The Future Programme", Kinematograph Weekly, 31 May 1956 p 14