Statuesque Italian screen goddess Sophia Loren made her American movie debut in glossy romantic adventure Boy on a Dolphin, playing a Greek sponge diver who discovers a potentially valuable statue during one of her dives. Everyone on the island of Hydra (where much of the film was shot) wants a piece of the artifact, including Loren’s unscrupulous boyfriend (Jorge Mistral), a wealthy American art dealer (Clifton Webb) and a principled American archaeologist (Alan Ladd), with whom Loren begins a romance. Gorgeous cinematography by Milton Krasner and a lyrical score by Hugo Friedhofer are added highlights.
Planning Boy On a Dolphin’s love scenes between statuesque Sophia Loren and five-foot-five Alan Ladd required some ingenuity; in several such scenes, Loren had to stand in a trench to make Ladd seem taller.
Cast: Alan Ladd, Sophia Loren, Clifton Webb, Laurence Naismith, Alexis Minotis, Jorge Mistral
Director: Jean Negulesco
Producer: Samuel G. Engel
Director of Photography: Milton Krasner
Editor: William Mace
Composer: Hugo Friedhoefer
Screenwriters: Ivan Moffat, Dwight Taylor
USA / Twentieth Century Fox / 120 minutes / 1957