Watch: Boy on a Dolphin 1957 123movies, Full Movie Online – Phaedra is a poor sponge diver on the lovely Greek isle of Hydra. While diving, she discovers an ancient brass and gold statue of a boy riding a dolphin, which is said to have the magical power to grant wishes. Her shiftless boyfriend wants to sell it to an unscrupulous art collector, but Phaedra wants to give it to anthropologist Jim Calder, who would return it to the Greek government..
Plot: Phaedra is a poor sponge diver on the lovely Greek isle of Hydra. While diving, she discovers an ancient brass and gold statue of a boy riding a dolphin, which is said to have the magical power to grant wishes. Her shiftless boyfriend wants to sell it to an unscrupulous art collector, but Phaedra wants to give it to anthropologist Jim Calder, who would return it to the Greek government.
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Sophia Loren is the key to this whole film and whatever you experience with it. Her natural acting gifts, screen presence, beauty and overall pulchritude are remarkable. View it to experience the phenomenon of Sophia. Everything else I am about to write is secondary, but here you are:
The location is attractive as is the lovely theme song. Clifton Webb is notable of course. The story is sort of “An American sojourns in Greece” with nice scenery and water and a cute kid. Its inoffensive and OK 1950’s fare.
As for Ladd, he is giving his competent leading man performance that he did on a sort of standard basis, always in his quiet underplayed manner. He’s adequate.
Ladd was taller than Robinson, Cagney and numerous others. Paul Newman was often unfairly called “short”. Ingrid Bergman was an inch taller than Bogart yet who taunts Bogart about “Casablanca”? Here are the 2 real issues :
(1)- Sophia is a tall woman, taller than her own husband Carlo Ponti, and she towers over many male actors in most of her movies. She is a half inch taller than was Humphrey Bogart (she never made a movie with him so we don’t know if he would have stood on a box).
(2)- Sophia was half Ladd’s age! The problem in this film is mostly the tremendous age difference between an older, declining leading man and a vigorous, very young beginner actress.
“Taunts” of Ladd’s height then and now are missing the point: I believe that the veteran and savvy Ladd probably was rather disinterested as he realized something was awkward here but not height. He was wondering “what am I doing here in these scenes with this young chick half my age?” The following year Ladd made a film with 41-year old leading lady Olivia DeHavilland and it worked.
So these are my theories but please keep them in perspective. “Boy on a Dolphin” is all about Sophia and all this other stuff is really only minor details.
A movie I’ve never forgotten.
I saw this movie in it’s entirety once in the early 70’s and a part of it again in the early 90’s on AMC. I remember one other time in the late 80’s, a friend of mine told me he had just watched a really good movie in the lounge in the barracks we were in at the time. I asked him what is was, and of course he told me it was “Boy on a Dolphin”. I really wished that he had told me it was on, I had been wanting to see this movie again since the early 70’s. It’s a movie I’ve always remembered, and would love to be able to see it again. I remember Sophia Loren looked beautiful and the scenery and location where the film was made was just as beautiful and it was a very entertaining story. This movie is on my top 10 list to purchase immediately if it is ever released on video or DVD by the studios. Come on studios, release this movie on DVD so all of us can sit back and relax and enjoy a really good movie again.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 51 min (111 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Adventure, Drama, Romance
Director Jean Negulesco
Writer Ivan Moffat, Dwight Taylor, David Divine
Actors Alan Ladd, Clifton Webb, Sophia Loren
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 1 win & 1 nomination total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (magnetic prints), Mono (optical prints)
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Bausch & Lomb Lenses (uncredited)
Laboratory DeLuxe (color by) (as De Luxe)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process CinemaScope (as A CinemaScope Picture)
Printed Film Format 35 mm