who is diving?

zeph’s pop culture quiz #54
Who is diving?
Who is diving down into the big blue?
    Simply leave a comment with your educated guess—you can ask for additional hints, too. [Leaving a comment is easy; just click the 'Leave a comment' at the end of the post and fill in the form. If it's the first time you post a comment, it will be held for moderation. But I am constantly checking, and once I've approved a comment, your next ones won't be held, but published immediately by the system.]

UPDATE 1 (02 January 2013):
On board.
We had some fine guesses until now, but no direct hit yet. The above screencap, showing our hero before diving into the sea, hopefully helps. What we know so far: The character in the diving suit is played by an actor of maximum stardom. It’s a 1960s movie, neither a French nor Italian production, so the odds are good that it is American. Notwithstanding there is a touch of Italy in it. The diver is searching for something beneath the sea. He doesn’t find it, but something entirely different. This gives him and his posse, seen in the new screencap, an extraordinary idea …

UPDATE 2 and solution (07 January 2013):
Frank Sinatra in 'Assault on a Queen' (Donohue 1966)
And again Mona did it—congratulations! It’s Frank Sinatra in Assault on a Queen (Donohue 1966). My hint towards ‘something Italian in the movie’ was twofold: First Sinatra himself was the child of Italian immigrants, second the female lead was played by Italian beauty Virna Lisi, maybe best known for her role alongside Jack Lemmon in the comedy How To Murder Your Wife (Quine 1965).
    When diving as pictured Sinatra as Mark Brittain searches for Spanish galleons, supposedly containing a treasure. Instead he finds a sunken German U-boat stemming from World War II. This gives his gang the idea to reactivate the old submarine and use it to pull a heist on the ocean liner Queen Mary

DONOHUE, JACK. 1966. Assault on a Queen [motion picture]. Hollywood: Paramount Pictures.
QUINE, RICHARD. 1965. How to murder your wife [motion picture]. Los Angeles: United Artists.
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  • kueperpunk Monday, 24th December 2012 at 12:12

    Robert Wagner in “Beneath the 12 Mile Reef”. He is up to meet the kraken!

    • zephyrin_xirdal Monday, 24th December 2012 at 12:43

      First of all, Merry Xmas, Kueperpunk, and welcome back to zeph’s pop culture quiz! That was a great, un-anticipated guess. But I am sorry, no, it’s not Robert Wagner inside the diver’s suit in ‘Beneath the 12-Mile Reef ‘ (Webb 1953). Actually, the man diving in the screencap is an even bigger star than Wagner.

  • kueperpunk Monday, 24th December 2012 at 12:59

    kay, how about Cuba Gooding in “Men of Honor”?

    • zephyrin_xirdal Monday, 24th December 2012 at 15:42

      Sorry, but no, it neither is ‘Men of Honor’ (Tillman 2000)—with your first guess you were much closer at the correct decade.

  • Mona Tuesday, 25th December 2012 at 14:57

    It’s Anthony Quinn in “City Beneath The Sea” – the 1953 movie, not the one with all the chicks in super-short and bright coloured skirts from 1971 XD

    • zephyrin_xirdal Tuesday, 25th December 2012 at 15:58

      Oh, Mona, that’s one hell of a guess—quite some work has gone into it, I’m sure. At least we now are in about the correct league of stardom, concerning the lead actor in the diving suit. But no, sorry, it isn’t Anthony Quinn in ‘City Beneath the Sea’ (Boetticher 1953) Here’s a little hint: The man in the diving suit, obviously, is searching for something under the sea, but then finds something entirely different. The surprise find gives him and his people an uncanny idea …

  • Mona Tuesday, 25th December 2012 at 17:29

    k, after taking a closer look it’s clearly not anthony quinn (on the left in the pic) [IMG]http://i48.tinypic.com/4gl088.jpg[/IMG]
    that leaves me at a loss especially since your screencap looks way too good next to mine for a 50s or 60s movie if it wasn’t digitally restored or sth ;) is it from a series or a movie?

    • zephyrin_xirdal Wednesday, 26th December 2012 at 08:48

      That was some fine work again, the comparison picture :) To make that clear: I did not tamper with the picture, except sizing it down, so that it fits in the column of my blog, and except making a .png out of it. But the release I took the screencap of indeed is a digitally remastered one. It is a movie from the ’60s which was released to the cinemas—so, not a TV-movie, -series, or -serial.

  • Alhambra Tuesday, 25th December 2012 at 18:02

    Is it eventually a French or rather Italian production?

    • zephyrin_xirdal Wednesday, 26th December 2012 at 08:45

      No, it’s neither a French nor an Italian production. But then again, there is something Italian …

  • Alhambra Wednesday, 2nd January 2013 at 14:19

    Time for a new hint!

  • Mona Monday, 7th January 2013 at 19:58

    it’s frank sinatra in “assault on a queen” (1966) :)

    • zephyrin_xirdal Monday, 7th January 2013 at 20:01

      This is absolutely correct—congratulations!