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Boy On A Dolphin [DVD] (1957)


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  • Actors: Alan Ladd, Sophia Loren, Clifton Webb, Alexis Minotis, Laurence Naismith
  • Directors: Jean Negulesco
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 12 May 2014
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JDD05K0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,476 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sophia Loren and Alan Ladd star in a sun-drenched romantic adventure starring as a diver and an archaeologist battling over the fate of a rare Greek statue.

Phaedra (Sophia Loren in her first Hollywood role) is a poor sponge diver on the lovely Greek isle of Hydra. While deep diving, she discovers an ancient brass and gold statue of a boy riding a dolphin. Anthropologist Jim Calder (Alan Ladd), working in Greece to restore national treasures, wants the artifact but he can't pay for it, and asks Phaedra to donate it to his museum. In the meantime, Phaedra's lazy boyfriend has seized on the opportunity to sell the treasure to an unscrupulous art collector (Clifton Webb), who not only takes a shine to Phaedra, but intends to smuggle the sculpture out of the country.

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Fine, unusual, exotic and beautiful. --New York Times

Will forever be remembered for one thing: Sophia Loren, aged 23, rising from the waters of the Mediterranean, her mustard yellow shirt soaked and clinging to her beauty queen figure. This was her Hollywood debut and, boy, was it eye-catching. --New York Times

Will forever be remembered for one thing: Sophia Loren, aged 23, rising from the waters of the Mediterranean, her mustard yellow shirt soaked and clinging to her beauty queen figure. This was her Hollywood debut and, boy, was it eye-catching. --New York Times

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Legatus Hedlius on 3 Jun. 2014
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At last this is available on DVD in the UK. but there is something curious about its presentation on this DVD.

The box states that the film is presented in 4;3 aspect ratio and certainly that is the shape of the image on screen but the full widescreen image is presented inside this 4;3 box. This wasn't a problem on my TV as I have an image zoom facility but if you don't or are watching on a computer where you can't zoom then the wide screen image would be very small on your screen.

Still the picture is very good indeed for the period, without having the sparkle that a top, modern digital remastering would give it.
There are no extras whatsoever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Jan. 2011
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On the island of Hydra in Greece, a peasant girl (Sophia Loren in her American film debut), who makes her living diving for sponges, discovers an ancient statue of a gold boy riding on a bronze dolphin. An archaeologist (Alan Ladd) and a wealthy art collector (Clifton Webb) race against time in an attempt to obtain the statue, Ladd for the glory of Greece and Webb for his own personal collection. The film is most famous for the indelible image (even if you haven't seen the film, you've seen the photo) of a dripping wet Loren fresh out of the Aegean sea. The film itself is grand entertainment greatly enhanced by the stunning Greek landscapes and islands in CinemaScope shot by Milton Krasner (ALL ABOUT EVE) and the Oscar nominated score by Hugo Friedhofer, one of the most beautiful film scores ever written. Julie London sings the haunting theme song over the opening credits while Sophia Loren sings it, in Greek yet, in the film proper. Directed by Jean Negulesco. With Laurence Naismith, Jorge Mistral, Gertrude Flynn and Alex Minotis.

The Fox DVD from Spain is in its original 2.35 CinemaScope format and for the most part, it's a nice transfer though a little restoration work or remastering wouldn't have hurt.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 July 2011
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Before Jacqueline Bisset in The Deep, Sophia Loren was the screen's most infamous model for wet T-shirts in Boy on a Dolphin, with her assets almost worthy of star billing of their own and providing more than enough justification for shooting this treasure hunting yarn in CinemaScope. Drafted in after shooting had started when Cary Grant dropped out of the picture, Alan Ladd's archaeologist is the nominal star, but he spends much of the film sidelined as Loren's poor Greek sponge diver (you can just see the casting department thinking to themselves "Italy, Greece, it's all the Mediterranean, right?") discovers a 2000-year old statue on the ocean bed and pitches in with Clifton Webb's amoral millionaire to sneak it away before the Greek authorities can get their hands on it. Ladd's there to act as her and the film's conscience. Constantly reminding her of all the treasures stolen from her homeland that should belong to the people rather than the rich few while she, not unreasonably, counters that the majority don't care about statues if they don't have enough money to live while constantly steering him in the wrong direction and playing him for a fool. This friction is naturally intended to lead them into each other's arms, but Ladd doesn't do passion and there's about as much spark between him and Loren as you'd get from a box of matches retrieved from the seabed. It doesn't help that Loren's resolutely one-note in her American screen debut, spending most of the picture veering between loud and angry and loud and surly, with some of her dialogue in the first couple of reels difficult to make out until she starts to settle own a bit.Read more ›
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eliza Masselou on 3 Sept. 2013
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Indeed the years that have passed were not very gentle with this film. The scenario was childish and the performances of the actors
not the best one has seen. However this film was a first class publicity for my country, Greece . And that is the reason I bought it .It reminded me of my youth and the way my country was 50 years ago ! The music is very pleasant, Sophia Loren is gorgeous, and the sites beautiful. The story is naive .For those who love old films this one is just pleasant.
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Intersting film with voluptuos miss loren & handsome alan ladd beautiful locations used to great advantage with old cinemascope movie.Well worth a look.
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Though it was much-promoted as Sophia Loren's Hollywood introduction, BOY ON A DOLPHIN was actually one of the big '20th Century-Fox British Productions' programme started by expatriate Bob Goldstein, when he took the reigns of Fox in London after several independent years making clever little westerns on less than they gave away. His most famous 'Fox-British' project was one that eluded both Loren and the already-cast Joan Collins - CLEOPATRA in 1960-62.

BOY ON A DOLPHIN is one of the big, highly-coloured and exotic new international films that were an absolute breeze to cinemagoers, who had previously only really had such outings (since most studio films had avoided extensive locations beyond gaining second unit sequences) in travelogues. Columbia's big effort in Britain - which had already involved Alan Ladd on several counts - were the Warwick adventures of all merits. Dear Laddie - whom one has to penetratively watch in more than just a handful of films to begin to appreciate as a real star - was said not to have enjoyed the experience of making this picture, with director Negulesco fawning attention over Loren and ignoring Ladd for hours on end in the process. But you'll find its the usual star quality turn.
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