Hell and High Water

Synopsis: A privately-financed scientist and his colleagues hire an ex-Navy officer to conduct an Alaskan submarine expedition in order to prevent a Red Chinese anti-American plot that may lead to World War III. Mixes deviously plotted schoolboy fiction with submarine spectacle and cold war heroics.
Director(s): Samuel Fuller
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
103 min

In the summer of 1953...

it was announced that an atomic bomb | of foreign origin...

had been exploded somewhere | outside of the United States.

Shortly thereafter, it was indicated | that this atomic reaction...

according | to scientific reports...

had originated in a remote area | in North Pacific waters...

somewhere between the northern tip | of theJapanese islands...

and the arctic circle.

This is the story | of that explosion.


Professor Montel. | I'm McCleary of the Herald Tribune.

Oh, yes. | How do you do?

I understand that you're going to Vienna | to address the, uh...

Central European Federation | of Advanced Scientists.

That is correct.

I will read a paper on the emission of neutrons | and collision of nuclei.

Thank you, | Professor.

- Will any of the American Atomic Energy Commission be present? | - I doubt it.

Will you excuse me, | gentlemen?


Uh, Professor. Excuse me. | There's one or two points I'd like to get clarified.

You will have to excuse me, gentlemen. | The plane is waiting.

Who's the girl?

This is the BBC with the latest news bulletin.

Professor Montel, famous nuclear physicist | and atomic scientist...

has vanished while en route to attend | a conference in Vienna.

Professor Montel's disappearance | is a complete mystery to the police.

Authoritative sources reveal today | that the former Nobel Prize winner...

is the fifth noted scientist believed to have | vanished behind the iron curtain.

Professor Montel was last seen | at the International Airport in Vienna.

Speculation as to the whereabouts...

of Professor Montel continues.

Ten days have elapsed | since the distinguished scientist vanished...

and so far police have been unable to offer | any explanation.

Authorities are now convinced...

that Professor Montel | was not kidnapped...

and that his disappearance | was part of a prearranged plan.

Airport officials in Vienna | reveal that the scientist...

carried a diplomatic passport.

The search for Professor Montel | continues into the fourth week.

It is interesting to note that while | the story has been given front-page space...

in newspapers in the United States | and all other parts of the free world...

Pravda, the official mouthpiece | of the Soviet Union...

has, as yet, failed | to take note on it.

- Corporal Lee Stockwell? | - Right.

- Mr. R.J. MacDougall? | - That's right.

- Mr. Franklin Meredith. | - That's correct.


I'm afraid you're mistaken. | My name's MacDougall.

You're a dead ringer for an officer | I used to know in the submarine service.


Mr. MacDougall?


My name is Eddy.

Your instructions.

There is a taxi waiting for you. | The driver knows the address.

Taxi number 63.

Number 63.


This is it.

- You better wait for me. | - No, I go now.

Wait a minute. What if I need you again? | Where can I find you?

- What's your name? | - Eddy.

Mr. MacDougall?

- Yeah. | - Come in, please, and follow me.

Watch your step, please.

- Now don't tell me your name is Eddy too. | - "Eddy" is the password.

I'm Hokada Fujimori, | CommanderJones.

I'm very pleased | to meet you.

Thanks. For a minute there, I thought this was | something out of Inner Sanctum.

Ah, you've lost | a little weight.

I'm on a diet.

I'll bet Captain Taylor put a little fat on, huh?

- Where is he? | - I'm sorry to tell you, your friend is dead.

- Dead? | - His plane crashed returning from an arctic expedition.

No one survived.

He never did like to fly.

Why did he want me to come here? | What was the 5,000 for?

It's an advance payment for a job | Captain Taylor was certain you would do for us.

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