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VICTOR MATURE & PHILIP COOLIDGE IN THE SHARKFIGHTERS

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THE SHARKFIGHTERS is but an ingredient of what would make a bonafide World War II movie's main course: In order for soldiers to survive in the ocean — either far out or close to an invading beach — without being eaten by those infamously ravaging dorsal-finned predators, it's the job of a scientific military unit, stationed in pre-Castro Cuba, to develop a liquid-repellent to keep sharks away, and for long enough to matter...

YEAR: 1956
That's the plot overall, and there's a lot of testing in-between, making up a few suspenseful scenes when not wasting superfluous time inland, at Havana, where the main character, war hero Lt. Cmdr. Ben Staves, played by Victor Mature, enjoys live mamba music with his gorgeous wife (Karen Steele), whose character is all but deleted by the token expository shark expert who, like any film's stock "better half" sans the romance,  must weather his new moody boss on the boat or back at a compound, located at a fishing village looking straight out of Hemingway...

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Lanky everyman Philip Coolidge's uptight Lt. Cmdr. Leonard Evans lets Mature (and the audience) in on everything about sharks, often providing more information than a documentary in this entertaining war-prep feature where few guns are fired and not a ship is sunk, and yet, one went down in a discussed backstory much liken to, years later, that of Robert Shaw's iconic U.S.S. Indianapolis monologue in the QUINTessential shark flick, JAWS; thus injecting Revenge into the storyline since Mature, having lost half his men, is in a mad rush to get that liquid working, ASAP, no matter the risks or consequences...

Philip Coolidge talks shark with Victor Mature
Meanwhile, the side characters stand out enough to be interesting without stretching beyond the contained, structured plot: A young, idealistic, blond-haired/blue-eyed James Olson as a self-loathing scientist who'd rather handle a PT-Boat than a beaker along with cameraman Claude Akins and his sidekick in BLACKBOARD JUNGLE hispanic youngster, Rafael Campos, as the native crow's-nest shark-spotter who's so jovial on-deck, frolicking and overly optimistic about an educated future in America, and, well... There are very few surprises in THE SHARKFIGHTERS, which takes itself seriously enough to feel like a genuine biopic despite the fact that, unlike our first Obscure Shark Month feature, SHARKS' TREASURE, the sleek myriad of Tiger Sharks, though cunning and deadly, are only viewed from dorsal fins-up without a single glimpse of them slashing around underwater, in their turf. But when Victor Mature decides to put the desired liquid (a twist in itself) to the test, it's a suspenseful, fulfilling climax despite the picture ending too soon. 
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