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Boy on a Dolphin (1957)

A woman finds a treasure and is torn between two men: one who wants to sell it and one who wants to gift it to Greece.

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Ivan Moffat (screenplay), Dwight Taylor (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Ladd ... Dr. James Calder
Clifton Webb ... Victor Parmalee
Sophia Loren ... Phaedra
Alexis Minotis Alexis Minotis ... Milidias Nadapoulos (as Alex Minotis)
Jorge Mistral ... Rhif
Laurence Naismith ... Dr. Hawkins
Piero Giagnoni Piero Giagnoni ... Niko
Gertrude Flynn ... Miss Dill
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Storyline

Phaedra is a poor sponge diver on the lovely Greek isle of Hydra. While diving, she discovers an ancient brass and gold statue of a boy riding a dolphin, which is said to have the magical power to grant wishes. Her shiftless boyfriend wants to sell it to an unscrupulous art collector, but Phaedra wants to give it to anthropologist Jim Calder, who would return it to the Greek government. Written by Kona

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An adventurous love story that will live 'til the seas run dry!


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

19 April 1957 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lenda da Estátua Nua See more »

Filming Locations:

Meteora, Greece See more »

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Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (magnetic prints)| Mono (optical prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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The writing on the signpost " Meteora 4 km" Webb passes on his way to the monastery is in Latin letters instead of Greek ones. See more »

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Dr. James 'Jim' Calder: May I remind you of Paragraph 9 of the Penal Code of Greece:
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Soundtracks

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Based on "Tinafio" (Ti Ine Afto Pou To Lene Agapi)
Music by Takis Morakis
Music Adapted by Hugo Friedhofer
Original Lyrics by Danai (uncredited)
Greek Text by Ioanis Fermanoglou (as J. Fermanglou)
American Lyric by Paul Francis Webster
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Sophia Loren
13 May 2014 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

Sophia Loren is the key to this whole film and whatever you experience with it. Her natural acting gifts, screen presence, beauty and overall pulchritude are remarkable. View it to experience the phenomenon of Sophia. Everything else I am about to write is secondary, but here you are:

The location is attractive as is the lovely theme song. Clifton Webb is notable of course. The story is sort of "An American sojourns in Greece" with nice scenery and water and a cute kid. Its inoffensive and OK 1950's fare.

As for Ladd, he is giving his competent leading man performance that he did on a sort of standard basis, always in his quiet underplayed manner. He's adequate.

Ladd was taller than Robinson, Cagney and numerous others. Paul Newman was often unfairly called "short". Ingrid Bergman was an inch taller than Bogart yet who taunts Bogart about "Casablanca"? Here are the 2 real issues :

(1)- Sophia is a tall woman, taller than her own husband Carlo Ponti, and she towers over many male actors in most of her movies. She is a half inch taller than was Humphrey Bogart (she never made a movie with him so we don't know if he would have stood on a box).

(2)- Sophia was half Ladd's age! The problem in this film is mostly the tremendous age difference between an older, declining leading man and a vigorous, very young beginner actress.

"Taunts" of Ladd's height then and now are missing the point: I believe that the veteran and savvy Ladd probably was rather disinterested as he realized something was awkward here but not height. He was wondering "what am I doing here in these scenes with this young chick half my age?" The following year Ladd made a film with 41-year old leading lady Olivia DeHavilland and it worked.

So these are my theories but please keep them in perspective. "Boy on a Dolphin" is all about Sophia and all this other stuff is really only minor details.


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