GenreAdventure, Drama, Romance ProducerSamuel G. Engel CountryUnited States
Release dateApril 19, 1957 (1957-04-19) WriterIvan Moffat (screenplay), Dwight Taylor (screenplay), David Divine (novel) CastAlan Ladd (Dr. James 'Jim' Calder), Sophia Loren (Phaedra), Clifton Webb (Victor Parmalee), Alex Minotis (Milidias Nadapoulos), Jorge Mistral (Rhif), Laurence Naismith (Dr. Hawkins) Similar moviesThe Big Blue, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Jewel of the Nile, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Open Water, Thunderball
TaglineAn adventurous love story that will live 'til the seas run dry!
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Boy on a Dolphin is a 1957 20th Century Fox romantic film set in Greece and shot in DeLuxe Color and CinemaScope. It was directed by Jean Negulesco and produced by Samuel G. Engel from a screenplay by Ivan Moffat and Dwight Taylor, based on the novel of the same name by David Divine.
The film was Sophia Loren's English language debut. She starred opposite Alan Ladd and Clifton Webb, with Alexis Minotis and Laurence Naismith in support. Hugo Friedhofer's score was nominated for a Best Music Academy Award in 1958. Cinematography was by Milton Krasner. It was the first Hollywood movie shot in Greece.
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Phaedra (Sophia Loren) is a poor Greek sponge diver on the island of Hydra. She works from the boat of her boyfriend, Rhif (Jorge Mistral), an illegal immigrant from Albania. She accidentally finds an ancient Greek statue of a boy riding a dolphin on the bottom of the Aegean Sea. Her efforts to sell it to the highest bidder lead her to two competing individuals: Dr. James Calder (Alan Ladd), an honest archaeologist who will surrender it to Greek authorities, and Victor Parmalee (Clifton Webb), an aesthete and an unscrupulous dealer with a history of trying to acquire works of art stolen by the Nazis from their owners.
Calder and Parmalee each try to win Phaedra's cooperation. She works in concert with Parmalee, while developing feelings for Calder. When she seems to waver, Rhif decides to make the deal with Parmalee work. The film reaches a happy conclusion, with virtue rewarded, the statue celebrated by the people of Hydra, and Phaedra and Calder in each other's arms. Parmalee, a man with no apparent national loyalties or heritage, sets course for Monte Carlo.
Alan Ladd as Dr. James Calder
Clifton Webb as Victor Parmalee
Sophia Loren as Phaedra
Alexis Minotis as Milidias Nadapoulos, an agent of the Greek government
Jorge Mistral as Rhif, Phaedra's Albanian boyfriend
Laurence Naismith as Dr. Hawkins
Piero Giagnoni as Niko, Phaedra's little brother
Gertrude Flynn as Miss Dill, Calder's assistant
Sophia Loren (or is it Marni Nixon?) sings "What is this thing they call love" ("Tι΄ναι αυτό που το λένε αγάπη" with Tony Maroudas). The music was adapted from one of his original melodies. The theme song sung by Julie London is heard over the underwater title sequence:
The film's world premiere on 10 April 1957 in New York was a benefit for Queen Frederika's Fund for Greek Orphans.