Fun Size Review: Below the Surface (1920)

Hobart Bosworth is the strong silent type as a deep-sea diver. When he refuses to assist a gang of criminals in a con game, they send in one of their own to seduce Bosworth’s impressionable son. Big mistake.

On the surface it sounds like a classic revenge tale but it also has deeper themes of parental love and self-sacrifice. Bosworth dominates as the macho seaman with a heart of gold. (Also be sure to look for a very young, very brunette Gladys George!) Do not miss the ending! This underrated little underwater melodrama is absolutely worth your time.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
The adventuress who seduced Bosworth’s son drowns in a shipwreck and the old diver finds her body floating in its cabin. The son decides maybe Gladys George was a better option.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Battenberg Cake.  Very 19th century but with a colorful center under that icing.

Availability: Released on DVD


  1. Shari Polikoff

    This is one of the very few ‘underwater’:-) films I’ve actually enjoyed, even though, as with all the others, I felt my lungs aching for lack of oxygen!
    Really admired the dependable Hobart Bosworth in this.

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