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John Mikale Strong's unpublished story was titled "Underseas." Copyright records and the SAB give screenplay credit to Delmer Daves and Lou Breslow. Copyright records indicate that technical director Rigden Crawford was an expert diver, and that additional underwater scenes were filmed near Santa Catalina Island, CA. Harry Frink supplied his collection of empty liquor bottles to the production, as the bottles were difficult to obtain during ... More Less

John Mikale Strong's unpublished story was titled "Underseas." Copyright records and the SAB give screenplay credit to Delmer Daves and Lou Breslow. Copyright records indicate that technical director Rigden Crawford was an expert diver, and that additional underwater scenes were filmed near Santa Catalina Island, CA. Harry Frink supplied his collection of empty liquor bottles to the production, as the bottles were difficult to obtain during Prohibition. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
3 Mar 34
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
12 Mar 34
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
17 Mar 34
pp. 38-39.
New York Times
15 Mar 34
p. 27.
Variety
6 Mar 34
p. 27.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech dir
Oscar's owner
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 February 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
21 February 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4518
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
72-73
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

"Three Time" and "Forty Fathoms" are divers working on competing salvage boats. They are romantic rivals as well as business rivals, competing also for the affection of Annie Fay, a beautiful insurance saleswoman. After a fight over Annie, both men swear, "no more women." When Forty's ship goes broke, it is inherited by the lovely Helen Young. Much to Captain Brent's dismay, Helen moves onboard and takes over his quarters. Forty is instantly smitten by Helen, and although he at first is indignant at the idea of working for a woman, her beauty induces him to remain. Helen assigns the crew the task of cleaning up the boat, while she and Forty attend a movie. On their return, they discover that Three Time has been hired as the new first diver. His arrival marks the beginning of more hostile competition between him and Forty. Forty catches Helen and Three Time in a kiss that is actually brought on by a bet. Helen restores Forty's pride by attending a carnival with him, but they are followed by Three Time, who hits Forty each time they are in the dark. Their hostility finally erupts into a full-blown fight while they are riding a roller coaster. Forty falls off into the bay, and Three Time is arrested for murder, although the body is not found. Forty is unharmed, but, enjoying his revenge, he allows the authorities to believe he is dead to keep Three Time in jail. A ship carrying two million dollars in gold bullion sinks, forcing Forty to appear at the police station to release Three Time ... +


"Three Time" and "Forty Fathoms" are divers working on competing salvage boats. They are romantic rivals as well as business rivals, competing also for the affection of Annie Fay, a beautiful insurance saleswoman. After a fight over Annie, both men swear, "no more women." When Forty's ship goes broke, it is inherited by the lovely Helen Young. Much to Captain Brent's dismay, Helen moves onboard and takes over his quarters. Forty is instantly smitten by Helen, and although he at first is indignant at the idea of working for a woman, her beauty induces him to remain. Helen assigns the crew the task of cleaning up the boat, while she and Forty attend a movie. On their return, they discover that Three Time has been hired as the new first diver. His arrival marks the beginning of more hostile competition between him and Forty. Forty catches Helen and Three Time in a kiss that is actually brought on by a bet. Helen restores Forty's pride by attending a carnival with him, but they are followed by Three Time, who hits Forty each time they are in the dark. Their hostility finally erupts into a full-blown fight while they are riding a roller coaster. Forty falls off into the bay, and Three Time is arrested for murder, although the body is not found. Forty is unharmed, but, enjoying his revenge, he allows the authorities to believe he is dead to keep Three Time in jail. A ship carrying two million dollars in gold bullion sinks, forcing Forty to appear at the police station to release Three Time so they can dive for the treasure. While sailing, Three Time professes his love for Helen, but she says she is in love with someone else. They discover the wreck is forty-six fathoms deep. Three Time takes over the dive, knowing that Forty, with whom he assumes Helen is in love, previously got the bends at forty fathoms. Underwater, he agrees to split the find with Brownie, a diver from his former boat the Hawk , but the Hawk 's greedy captain sends the ruthless "Iceberg" below to kill both men. Iceberg succeeds in killing Brownie, but he struggles with Three Time. Forty goes down and saves Three Time, killing Iceberg and sending his body up to the Hawk . The Pelican salvages the gold bullion, but Three Time and Forty suffer from their deep dive and are sent to a hospital to decompress. Once they recover, they instantly start fighting, but realize the cause is lost when Helen tells them they have been like brothers to her. The disappointment bonds their friendship, and they again swear to give up women. +

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