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cute and campy 1960s gem
on May 27, 2007
HELLO DOWN THERE is a very cute comedy from 1969, with top performances from Tony Randall and Janet Leigh, who must have had a ball working on this.
Fred Miller (Tony Randall) is a wacky inventor who builds a house under the ocean. His grumpy boss (Jim Backus) believes the entire project is a waste of company time and money, so Fred offers to have his family live in the house for 30 days. There are only three major obstacles: Fred's "aqua-phobe" wife Vivian (Janet Leigh); and his two teenaged musician kids (Kay Cole and Gary Tigerman), who are on the verge of signing with a major record label.
This film is a breezy joy from beginning to end. The house itself is very imaginative, and the underwater photography is amazing. HELLO DOWN THERE was filmed in Florida at the studios of Ivan Tors Productions (famous for "Flipper" and "Gentle Ben"), allowing for lots of authentic location filming.
The cast also includes Charlotte Rae, Roddy McDowall, Ken Berry, Lee Meredith (Ulla in the original "Producers"), Harvey Lembeck, and a teenaged Richard Dreyfuss.
Paramount's new DVD features a crisp anamorphic print which long-time fans will simply adore. (Single-sided, single-layer disc).