Cinema: The New Pictures, Dec. 28, 1953

Beneath the Twelve-Mile Reef (20th Century-Fox) can possibly be explained as an attempt to present the Iliad in modern dress—dungarees, that is. The Greeks of the epic are the sponge fishermen of Tarpon Springs, Fla. The Trojans are the "Conchs," their Anglo-Saxon counterparts in Key West. After newsreeling through a sponge auction and a Greek Orthodox Epiphany, including the inevitable shot of Greek youths diving for a gold cross, the picture at last shows a little fight.

The Greeks sponge on the Conch sponging grounds. The Conchs steal the Greeks' catch. The Paris of the piece (Robert Wagner) then runs away with...

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