Underwater! (1955): John Sturges’ Adventure, Starring Jane Russell and Richard Egan

John Sturges directed Underwater! an adventure, starring Jane Russell and Richard Egan.

Johnny (Richard Egan) and his wife Theresa (Jane Russell), along with mercenary Dominic Quesada (Gilbert Roland), priest Father Cannon (Robert Keith) and Gloria (Lori Nelson), the boat owner, search for sunken treasure in the Caribbean.

While on a dive they come across a wreck that they assume holds treasure. When they resurface they are confronted by a local boat of shark hunters with an unhealthy curiosity in their activities.

They discover that what they are looking for is a 17th-century ship that contains a life-size solid gold Madonna encrusted in precious gems, and that it lies in a different underwater location.

Soon they realize that the waters are shark-infested waters, and that they have serious rivals.

Partially shot on location in Mexico and Hawaii, Underwater! was completed in a underwater tank in RKO soundstage.

The film contained the songs “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” and “Rhythm Sticks” performed by Perez “Prez” Prado and his Orchestra (“The King of the Mambo”).

Jane Russell – Theresa Gray
Richard Egan – Johnny Gray
Gilbert Roland – Dominic Quesada
Lori Nelson – Gloria
Robert Keith – Father Cannon
Joseph Calleia – Rico Herrera
Eugene Iglesias – Miguel Vega
Ric Roman – Jesus


Directed by John Sturges
Produced by Harry Tatelman; Howard Hughes (executive producer)
Written by Robert B. Bailey and Hugh King (story)
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography: Harry J. Wild
Edited by Stuart Gilmore
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date: February 9, 1955
Running time: 99 minutes


TCM showed the movie on April 27, 2020