Beneath the 12 Mile Reef (1953): Oscar Nominated Spectacle in CinemaScope

Showing off the new technology of CinemaScope, Beneath the 12 Mile Reef, a water-set spectacle directed by Robert Webb, centers on a group of sponge divers off Key West, who have to battle the elements and tensions among themselves.

The ensemble consists of mostly B-actors, such as Robert Wagner, Terry Moore, Gilbert Roland, and Richard Boone.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Cinematography (Color): Edward Cronjager

Oscar Context

The Oscar went to Loyal Griggs for George Stevens’ highly acclaimed Western, “Shane.”