The City Under the Sea (1965)

84m, 7613 feet/2320 metres
35mm, Colorscope, Eastmancolor [UK version], in Pathecolor [US version], 2.35:1
mono, English

A British/American science fiction film directed by Jacques Tourneur. The American and British release prints have different title sequences and the credits themselves are also slightly different.

Plot Summary

In 1903, a group of people on the Cornish coast discover a society of immortal living in a lost sunken city. They regularly send raiding parties of mutant gill-men to the coast in search of supplies.


Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
© MCMLXV [1965] by Bruton Film Productions Ltd. [UK version]
© MCMLXV [1965] by American International Productions [US version]
An Anglo Amalgamated presentation [UK version]. James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff present [US prints only]. An Anglo Amalgamated picture [UK version]. An American International picture [US version]. Nat Cohen and Stuart Levy have presented [UK prints only]. James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff have presented [US prints only]
Executive Producer: George Willoughby [US version]
Produced by: George Willoughby [UK version]
Produced by: Daniel Haller [US version]
Production Manager: Pat Green
Screenplay by: Charles Bennett and Louis M. Heyward
Additional Dialogue: David Whittaker
Based on Edgar Allan Poe's [poem] ‘City In the Sea'
Assistant Director: David Tringham
Continuity: Tilly Day
Photographed by: Stephen Dade
Underwater Photography by: John Lamb and Neil Ginger Gemmell
Camera Operator: Ronnie Maasz
Film Editor: Gordon Hales
Music by: Stanley Black
Sound: Ken Rawkins, C. Le Mesurier
Dubbing Editor: Allan Morrison
Western Electric Recording
Wardrobe Supervisor: Ernie Farrer
Make Up: Geoff Rodway, Bill Partleton
Hairdresser: Elsie Adler
Special Effects: Frank George, Les Bowie
Art Direction by: Frank White
Set Dresser: Colin Southcott
Construction Manager: Leon Davis
Scenic Artist: Peter Wood
Made at Pinewood Studios, Iver, England
Locations: Cornwall coast, Cornwall, England, UK; London, England, UK *
Casting Director: Harvey Woods

[UK version]
Vincent Price (the captain)
Tab Hunter (Ben Harris)
David Tomlinson (Harold Tiffin-Jones)
Susan Hart (Jill Tregillis)
John Le Mesurier (Ives)
Henry Oscar (Mumford)
Derek Newark (Dan)
Roy Patrick (Simon)

[US version]
Vincent Price (the captain)
David Tomlinson (Harold Tiffin-Jones)
Tab Hunter (Ben Harris)
Susan Hart (Jill Tregillis)
John Le Mesurier (Ives)
Henry Oscar (Mumford)
Derek Newark (Dan)
Roy Patrick (Simon)
and not to forget Herbert

uncredited cast
Anthony Selby [George]
Michael Heyland [Bill]
Steven Brooke [Ted]
William Hurndell [Tom]
Jim Spearman [Jack]
Dennis Blake [Harry]
Arthur Hewlett [1st fisherman]
Hilda Campbell-Russell [2nd woman guest]
Bart Allison [1st male guest]
George Ricarde [2nd male guest]

Alternative Titles

20.000 leghe sotto la Terra – Italy
A Cidade Submarina – Portugal
City in the Sea – USA
La ciudad bajo el mar – Venezuela
Merenalainen kaupunki – Finland
Piratbyen under havet – Denmark
Stadt im Meer – West Germany
Die Stadt unter dem Meer – West Germany
War-Gods of the Deep – USA

Includes extracts from
Kaitei gunkan (1963)

Extracts included in
Space Probe Taurus (1965)



  • The Daily Cinema no.9024 (5 February 1965) p.8 – note (Production-wise)
  • The Daily Cinema no.9123 (1 October 1965) p.6 – review
  • Film Index no.30 (1974) p.105 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.185 no.44 (2 June 1965) p.3 – review
  • Kine Weekly no.2986 (24 December 1964) p.8 – illustrated article
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.32 no.382 (November 1965) p.166 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Radio Times 26 November-2 December 1988 pp.31, 79 – review, credits


  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.237 – credits, review
  • An Edgar Allan Poe Companion: A Guide to the Short Stories, Romances and Essays by J.R. Hammond p.137 – article
  • The Edgar Allan Poe Scrapbook edited by Peter Haining p.191 – article (Poe, Corman and Price: A Tale of Terrors by Ron Haydock)
  • The Films of Vincent Price by Iain F. McAsh pp.23; 44 – note; credits
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Fantasy and Horror Movies 1991-1992 p.73 – credits, review
  • Jules Verne on Film by Thomas C. Renzi pp.141-142; 199 – review; credits
  • Merchant of Menace: The Life and Films of Vincent Price by Denis Meikle pp.224-229; 368-369 – illustrated review; credits
  • The Poe Cinema: A Critical Filmography by Don G. Smith pp.169-173 – illustrated article
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.530 – credits
  • The Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Handbook by Alan Frank p.33 – credits, review
  • Science Fiction in the Movies: An A-Z by Roy Pickard p.13 – credits, note
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.413-414 – illustrated credits, review
  • Vincent Price: The Art of Fear by Denis Meikle pp.134-140; 228 – review; credits
  • Vincent Price Unmasked by James Robert Parish and Steven Whitney pp.120-121; 225-226 – review; credits
  • Women in the Horror Films of Vincent Price by Jonathan Malcolm Lampley pp.179-181; 193 – review; credits

Other sources

  • British National Film Catalogue vol.3 1965 – credit