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Boy on a Dolphin (1957)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Boy on a Dolphin (1957)

In director Jean Negulesco's adventure drama (mostly shot on location) - Sophia Loren's American film debut, about the discovery of an ancient Greek statue of a boy riding a dolphin:

  • the underwater image during the credits of the valuable golden "boy on a dolphin" sunken statue accompanied by the lyrics of the title song (sung by Julie London): ("There's a tale that they tell of a dolphin And a boy made of gold. With the shells and the pearls in the deep, He has lain many years fast asleep What they tell of the boy on a dolphin, Who can say if it's true? Should he rise from the depths of the ocean, Any wish that you wish may come true...")
Phaedra (Sophia Loren)
  • the quintessential image, an opening entrance scene, of sexy, dripping wet, well-endowed Greek sponge diver Phaedra (Sophia Loren) in a diving sequence on the island of Hydra - emerging from underwater and climbing into the boat of her illegal Albanian immigrant boyfriend Rhif (Jorge Mistral)

Underwater "Boy on a Dolphin" Statue


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