The Deep Blue Sea
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAnatole Litvak
Written byTerence Rattigan
Produced byAlexander Korda
StarringVivien Leigh
Kenneth More
Eric Portman
CinematographyJack Hildyard
Edited byBert Bates
Music byMalcolm Arnold
Distributed byTwentieth Century Fox
Release date
  • 23 August 1955 (1955-08-23)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Deep Blue Sea is a 1955 British drama film directed by Anatole Litvak, starring Vivien Leigh and Kenneth More, and produced by London Films and released by Twentieth Century Fox. The picture was based on the 1952 play of the same name by Terence Rattigan. The movie tells the story of a woman unhappy in her passionless marriage leaving her husband for a younger and more ardent lover.


Kenneth More was the only key member of the original cast (who had also appeared in a BBC Television version in 1954) to be hired for the film, as Alexander Korda wanted to use names that were more recognisable to movie goers. More always felt this was a mistake, particularly the casting of Vivien Leigh rather than Peggy Ashcroft. More did not enjoy filming, feeling that the use of CinemaScope and changes made to the original play detracted from the intimacy of the story. He also felt he had poor chemistry with Leigh.[1]

Currently unavailable on DVD, the film was given a rare screening as part of the BFI Vivien Leigh Season in 2013, introduced by Sean O'Connor, producer of the 2011 version of the film by Terence Davies.[2]



The film was a box office disappointment in the US. "It was a tricky subject for American audiences", said More.[3]


See also


  1. ^ Kenneth More, More or Less, Hodder & Staughton, 1978 p 163–167
  2. ^ "Vivien Leigh adrift: The Deep Blue Sea". British Film Institute.
  3. ^ Schallert, E. (18 August 1957). "English star amazes in chaneylike portrayal". Los Angeles Times.