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Hell Below Zero (1954)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 15 January 1954 (Japan)
The captain of an Antarctic whaling ship falls overboard in mysterious circumstances and his daughter, aided by a sympathetic American, decides to investigate the accident.

Director:

Mark Robson

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Alec Coppel (screenplay), Max Trell (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Ladd ... Duncan Craig
Joan Tetzel ... Judie Nordhal
Basil Sydney ... Bland
Stanley Baker ... Erik Bland
Joseph Tomelty ... Capt. McPhee
Niall MacGinnis ... Dr. Howe
Jill Bennett ... Gerda Petersen
Peter Dyneley ... Miller
Susan Rayne Susan Rayne ... Kathleen
Philo Hauser Philo Hauser ... Sandeborg
Ivan Craig Ivan Craig ... Larsen
Paddy Ryan Paddy Ryan ... Manders
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Factory Ship Radio Operator
Paul Homer Paul Homer ... Kista Dan Radio Operator
Edward Hardwicke ... Ulvik
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Storyline

Duncan Craig signs on a whaling ship, partly because his own business deal has fallen through, partly to help Judie Nordhall find her father. Rumor has it that her father may have been murdered by Erik Bland, son of her father's partner and her one-time lover. Duncan and Erik find themselves on rival whaleboats and, ultimately, on an ice floe. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Alan Ladd in a whale of an adventure! See more »


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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1954 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The White South See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Kista Dan is an actual Class-1 icebreaker built in1952 that was used in the Antartic region, including work on establishing the first permanent workstation in Antartica called Mawson Station. See more »

Goofs

In the storm scene, the water on the deck and some of the debris moving around the deck do not match the roll of the ship in the waves. See more »

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Referenced in Cubby Broccoli: The Man Behind Bond (2000) See more »

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Enjoyable seas adventure
28 June 2005 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

Hell Below Zero is one of three British movies Alan Ladd (Shane) appeared in. The Black Night was one of the others. I enjoyed this.

A man signs on a whaling ship and one of the reasons for this is to help a woman find her Dad's killer. The expedition takes them to the frozen wastes of the Antarctic, where they track the killer down on a rival whaling ship. Not surprisingly, Ladd also falls in love with the woman.

There is some good photography in this movie, which is shot well in colour. I first thought is was black and white when I purchased it.

The rest of the cast includes Joan Tetzel as the love interest, Stanley Baker (Zulu) as the murderer and Basil Sydney.

Hell Below Zero is a good way to spend 90 minutes one afternoon or evening. Very good.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.


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