Hell Below Zero is a 1954 murder mystery film, starring Alan Ladd. The film was directed by Mark Robson, and was written by Alec Coppel and Max Trell. The plot revolves around the death of Captain Nordahl, on a factory ship in Antarctic waters, lost overboard in mysterious circumstances. Captain Nordahl is an associate in a Norwegian whaling company: Bland-Nordahl. Duncan Craig, an American, played by Ladd, meets Judie Nordahl, the captain's daughter on his way to South Africa. Craig signs on to be a mate on the ship taking Judie to Antarctica. On arrival in Antarctic waters, Craig finds suspicious evidence that points to the Bland seems to implicate Erik Bland, the new captain of the factory ship, in a conspiracy. Another murder follows, and the film concludes with a dramatic showdown on the ice. The film was produced in color, based on a novel by Hammond Innes, and presents interesting footage of whaling fleets in action.