Tuesday 16 December 2014

The Art of Diving Goes to the Movies

This week I'd like to share some posters from a selection of diving-themed movies (You can click on some images for a larger version).

The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues hit the screens in 1955 as part of a double-bill with The Day the World Ended. For the poster artwork, artist Albert Kallis achieved the impressive feat of making the radiation-spawned monster look even dafter the it does in the film!

The director didn't waste any time introducing the monster as you can see here:

Undersea Girl (1957) saw a detective, a navy lieutenant and a reporter (the girl of the title) teaming up to track down some stolen navy money. The main figure in this poster looks to me as though it might be painted over a photo - what do you think?

In 1962, The Underwater City was filmed in just seven days on a completely dry soundstage. An entertaining account of the making of the film by producer Alex Gordon can be found here. In the first poster it looks to me like another case of the figures having started out as photos.

1975 saw the release of The Treasure of Jamaica Reef which featured the big screen debut of one Cheryl Stoppelmoor. She married her co-star, David Ladd, and shot to fame when she replaced Farrah Fawcett-Majors in the TV series Charlie's Angels. Here's the cover from the VHS release of the film (presumably early '80s) which you'll note gives top billing to Cheryl Ladd.

In 1976 the film was re-edited to add some murders and some shark footage in an attempt to cash-in on the success of Jaws. It was renamed Evil in the Deep and artist Joseph R. Musso painted this dramatic poster:

1977 brought us another Jaws wannabe, the British-Mexican Tintorera which centred on attacks by a 19ft Tiger Shark (in reality the shark, which appeared in stock footage, was only 5ft long!). This German poster is the only one I've found that features divers.

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