The Sea Around Us (1953)

USA, 1953
16mm film, Technicolor, 1.37:1
mono (RCA Sound System), English

An American non-fiction film directed by an uncredited Irwin Allen. It has one lengthy fantasy sequence.

Plot Summary

A documentary about the sea, opening with a sequence depicting the Biblical creation of the Earth.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Irwin Allen *
Copyright MCMLIII [1953] RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
An RKO Radio picture. RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. presents
Produced by: Irwin Allen
Continuity and Commentary Written by: Irwin Allen
Based on the Book by: Rachel L. Carson
Supervising Film Editor: Frederic Knudtson
Film Editor: Dean Harrison
Music by: Paul Sawtell
Photographic Effects: Linwood Dunn
Asst. to the Producer: George E. Swink

Don, Forbes, Theodor Von Eltz (commentary spoken by)

Alternative Titles

Cette mer qui nous entoure – Belgium (French), France
Geheimnisse des Meeres – West Germany
O Mar que nos Cerca – Brazil
O Mar Que Nos Cerca – Portugal
El mar que nos rodea – Argentina
Il mare intorno di noi – Italy
Meren ihmeitä РFinland
Rachel L. Carson’s The Sea Around Us – United States
Ypovryhios apostoli – Greece
De zee die ons omringt – Belgium (Flemish)

Extracts included in
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  • Films in Review vol.4 no.7 (August/September 1953) p.366
  • Kinematograph Weekly no.2441 (8 April 1954) p.18
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.21 no.244 (May 1954) p.78
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.190 no.3 (17 January 1953) p.1686
  • The Film Daily vol.103 no.10 (15 January 1953) p.13
  • Today’s Cinema vol.82 no.6983 (1 April 1954) p.6
  • Variety 11 February 1953


  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.424 – credits
  • The World of Fantasy Films by Richard Myers p.66