This example of the film's poster was altered for use by theaters that showed it "flat" in 2-D: a "CINEMASCOPE" paste-over hides the original "STEREO-VISION" promotion, and other, smaller paste-overs, now missing but their locations still apparent from residual adhesive stains, were used to conceal other references to the 3-D.
|Directed by||Byron Haskin|
|Produced by||Edward L. Alperson|
|Release date(s)||September 9, 1960|
|Running time||99 minutes|
Filmed in Stereo-Vision 3-D and color and presented in CinemaScope, it is notable as the only U.S. feature film made in 3-D between Revenge of the Creature, which was released in the spring of 1955 and marked the end of the 1950s 3-D movie fad in the U.S., and The Bubble, which premiered in late 1966 and introduced the economical "over-and-under" single-strip format used by most of the 3-D films of the 1970s and 1980s.
Like the feature-length 3-D films of the 1950s when they were originally released, it was projected by the polarized light method and viewed through gray Polaroid filters in viewers which, according to the film's poster, were "scientifically designed by master craftsmen!"
Most theaters, however, presented it "flat", in 2-D.
Both September Storm and 3-D in general were roundly dismissed by influential critic Bosley Crowther in his New York Times review.
American fashion model Anne Traymore, swimming off the isle of Majorca, loses a bracelet, which the handsome Manuel del Rio Montoya returns to her. She believes he owns a beautiful yacht called The Swan, but he merely works on it for the wealthy Rene LeClerc.
A couple of fortune hunters, Balfour and Williams, claim they know where $3 million in gold doubloons can be found, but need a boat. They offer a share to Anne and Manuel, and the latter deceives LeClerc by claiming the boat needs three weeks of repairs.
A raging storm causes the propeller to be clogged by seaweed. Balfour dives to clear it and is stung by a man-o-war. He is taken to an island to recover. Manuel professes his love for Anne, who rejects him, Balfour having caught her eye instead. An angry Manuel tries to leave and gets into a fight with Williams that nearly sinks the vessel.
After the divers bring up the loot, Williams decides to strand the others and keep it all to himself. By now, LeClerc has become aware of the deception and intercepts them, but he is talked out of contacting the law by being offered a share of the money. The Coast Guard, alas, arrives to confiscate it all.
- Joanne Dru as Anne Traymore
- Mark Stevens as Joe Balfour
- Robert Strauss as Ernie Williams
- Asher Dann as Manuel del Rio Montoya
- Jean-Pierre Kérien as LeClerc
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