City Beneath the Sea (1953 film)

City Beneath the Sea is a 1953 adventure science fiction film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Robert Ryan, Mala Powers, Anthony Quinn and Suzan Ball. The film is based on the book Port Royal: The Ghost City Beneath the Sea by Harry E. Rieseberg.[2]

City Beneath the Sea
Directed byBudd Boetticher
Produced byAlbert J. Cohen
Written byHarry E. Rieseberg (book)
Jack Harvey (screenplay)
StarringRobert Ryan
Mala Powers
Anthony Quinn
Suzan Ball
CinematographyCharles P. Boyle
Edited byEdward Curtiss
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • February 25, 1953 (1953-02-25) (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • March 11, 1953 (1953-03-11) (New York City)
  • April 21, 1953 (1953-04-21) (United States)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.25 million (US)[1]

Plot synopsis

In Jamaica, salvage divers Brad and Tony (Robert Ryan and Anthony Quinn) are hired by Dwight Trevor (Karel Stepanek) to find The Lady Luck, a ship that was supposedly sunk with all hands and $1,000,000 in gold bullion. There is no trace of the sunken ship, but there is a sunken city, the city of Port Royal that was destroyed in an earthquake in 1692. The $1,000,000 in gold bullion was in fact lost in a modern-day quake and is part of an insurance fraud by Trevor. He does not want the divers to find the gold and will stop at nothing to ensure the success of his plan.



  1. 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954
  2. Budd Boetticher: The Last Interview Wheeler, Winston Dixon. Film Criticism; Meadville Vol. 26, Iss. 3, (Spring 2002): 52-0_3.
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