Boy on a Dolphin (1957)




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Italian goddess Sophia Loren makes her American feature-film debut in this thriller set upon the Greek island of Hydra. There in a seaside village a beautiful sponge diver finds an ancient sunken ship. Within, she finds a breath-taking brass statue of a boy riding a dolphin. Excited by the wonderful treasure, she tells her slimy boyfriend about it. The conniving fellow convinces her to help him use the priceless artifact to pad their pockets. Together the two head for a Greek museum and look up a noted Yankee archaeologist. Upon hearing of the find, he demands that they turn the treasure over to the government. The boyfriend sneaks away and then makes a deal with a wealthy art-collector and together they begin plotting how they can secretly retrieve the booty. At first the sponge diver goes along with her lover's schemes, but after a few key events, she realizes that she has fallen in love with the archaeologist and also realizes that he is right; the treasure belongs to Greece. But now they must get to the treasure first lest it be lost forever.

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Sophia Loren
as Phaedra
Alan Ladd
as Dr. Jim Calder
Clifton Webb
as Victor Parmalee
Laurence Naismith
as Dr. Hawkins
Alexis Minotis
as Government Man
Charles Fawcett
as Bill B. Baldwin
Gertrude Flynn
as Miss Dill
Charlotte Terrabust
as Mrs. Baldwin
Margaret Stahl
as Miss Baldwin
Orestes Rallis
as Chief of Police
George Saris
as First Mate
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Critic Reviews for Boy on a Dolphin

All Critics (2)

In her American feature debut, a romantic advenure in the Greek Islands, the tall and sexy Sophia Loren starred with the short and declining Alan Ladd.

Aug 19, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

This was the film that helped launch Sophia Loren as an international sex symbol.

Aug 11, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Boy on a Dolphin

Okay story is boosted by quality performers Clifton Webb and Sophia Loren in her big international breakthrough and dazzling Greek locations all in breathtaking color.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Sophia's first American film grabbed the international audience's attention and they never let go. She's a delight to watch as fiery Greek sponge diver Phaedra who discovers a sunken treasure, a sculpture from which the film gets its name (I had long wondered what the title meant). She needs help with salvaging and is torn between the services of two candidates. Clifton Webb can offer her a fortune but intends to sell the national prize illegally on the black market, whereas archaeologist Alan Ladd can only offer her a pittance reward but she will bring glory and pride to her country. Webb plays the suave and slightly condescending genteel criminal perfectly, but Ladd is barely adequate and well past his prime. Only in the movies would someone sculpted like Sophia Loren turn her head - or in this case, look down - to notice him as a romantic interest. And if you're ever vacationing on the island of Hydra and run into trouble, just ask for Niko - that kid can do anything!

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Doctor Strangeblog

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