Sixteen Fathoms Deep

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Sixteen Fathoms Deep
Directed by Armand Schaefer
Produced by Paul Malvern
Written by Barry Barringer
Norman Houston
Based on the American magazine story by Eustace L. Adams
Starring Sally O'Neil
Lon Chaney Jr.
Paul Malvern Productions
Distributed by Monogram Pictures
Release date
18 January 1934 (New York)[1]
Running time
58 mins
Country United States
Language English

Sixteen Fathoms Deep is a 1934 American film directed by Armand Schaefer and starring Lon Chaney Jr and Sally O'Neil. It was an early leading role for Chaney, then billed as "Creighton Chaney".


A sponge diver, Joe Bethel, hopes to make enough money to buy his own boat and marry his fiancée, Rosie, he must deal with a villainous fellow diver, Savanis.


  • Sally O'Neil as Rosie
  • Creighton Chaney as Joe Bethel
  • Russell Simpson as A. B. Crockett
  • Maurice Black as Nick
  • Jack Kennedy as Mike
  • George Regas as Savanis
  • Constantine Romanoff as Kargas
  • Richard Alexander as Martin
  • Raul S. Figarola as Chinchin
  • Lloyd Ingraham as Old Athos
  • Robert Kortman as Cimos
  • Si Jenks as Sculpin


O'Neil made the film after missing out on the role in Sitting Pretty (1933) to Ginger Rogers.[2]


The New York Times called Sixteen Fathoms Deep a "good swaggering specimen" of action melodrama, "exciting, plausible and a lot of fun."[3]

16 Fathoms Deep[edit]

16 Fathoms Deep
Directed by Irving Allen
Produced by James Burkett
Irvin Allen
Written by Max Trell
Forrest Judd
Starring Lloyd Bridges
Lon Chaney Jr
Irving Allen Productions
Distributed by Monogram Pictures
Release date
Running time
82 mins
Country United States
Language English

It was remade in 1948 by Monogram Pictures also with Chaney Jn and co-starring Lloyd Bridges, this version was directed by Irving Allen.[4]


Lloyd Douglas turns up to a town in Florida and gets work as a diver, he works for Captain Briacos.


  • Lon Chaney Jr. as Dimitri
  • Arthur Lake as Pete
  • Lloyd Bridges as Lloyd Douglas
  • Eric Feldary as Alex
  • Tanis Chandler as Simi
  • John Qualen as Athos
  • Ian MacDonald as Nick
  • Dickie Moore as George
  • Harry Cheshire as Mike
  • John Bleifer as Captain Briacos
  • Grant Means as Joe
  • John Gonatos as Johnny


The film was shot on location in Tarpon Springs, Florida,[5] it was to be shot in Ansco, a form of color stock.[6] It was intended to film only some footage in Florida and the rest in California but the footage would not match so it had to be shot entirely in Florida.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ SCREEN NOTES. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, 18 January 1934: 19
  2. ^ Hill-Billy Film Promises Scene-Stealing Fireworks, Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, 20 September 1933: 11.
  3. ^ "Among the Sponge Divers". New York Times. 19 January 1934. p. 24. 
  4. ^ Review of 1948 version at New York Times
  5. ^ WARNERS TO FILM 'HEAD OVER HEELS': Robert Hutton, Joyce Reynolds Will Co-star in the Comedy -- RKO Signs 2 Youngsters By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, 28 May 1947.
  6. ^ Big Temblor Staged for 'Green Dolphin, Street' -- KKK Expose -- Addenda By THOMAS F. BRADY. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, 1 June 1947: X5.
  7. ^ DRAMA AND FILM: French Import Touted; Scott Liked for 'Sarah' Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, 10 October 1947: A9.

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