Around The World Under The Sea (1965)

Rating: **
Review Date: 10/14/16
Cast: Lloyd Bridges, Shirley Eaton, Brian Kelly, David McCallum, Keenan Wynn, Marshall Thompson

Stunning underwater photography can't rescue this dull and tedious adventure about six scientists in a submarine who are tasked with placing seismic sensors on the ocean floor around the world. One of the scientists is played by an absurdly sexy Shirley Eaton, whose vast wardrobe rivals the amount of scientific gear on the sub. Naturally, she's a source of awkward and cringe-worthy sexual tension, who delights in arousing and tormenting the entire crew. The good doctor is apparently quite popular in the scientific community, as the submarine's crew includes her ex-boyfriend, her current boyfriend, and her future boyfriend. Apart from that, the film attempts to inject danger and excitement with an attack by a giant moray eel and an underwater volcanic eruption. The visual effects are decent, but tend to lack energy. A brave and heroic Lloyd Bridges is in charge of the operation, and is the only likable member of the crew. Unfortunately, that makes the film a bit of a chore to sit through, as it's hard to sympathize with any of the other characters. Thankfully, the underwater photography is gorgeous and was shot in Florida, The Bahamas, and the Great Barrier Reef.

Memorably sexist quote: "The dame is exercising her right as a lady. She's late."