The Time Tunnel

Pirates of Deadman's Island

Season 1, Ep 23, Aired 2/17/67
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  • Episode Description
  • Doug and Tony arrive on the Spanish Main on April 1805, where they are captured by Captain Beal and his crew. They befriend Armando, a young boy who claims to be the nephew of the King of Spain. Tony eventually manages to escape where he is found by the attacking British who are unwilling to try and help Doug and Armando. Beal tries to kill Doug but is whisked back to Project Tick-Tock. He takes Anne hostage but eventually goes back into the Tunnel and his own time. The Project staff use the Tunnel to whisk Doug and Armando out of trouble after Beal is killed by his henchman. However, the two are caught in a bombardment and seriously wounded. A doctor friend of Kirk's due for retirement, Berkhart, volunteers to go back despite the fact he has no chance of being returned. He saves Doug and Armando before the travellers are whisked away.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lee Meriwether

    Dr. Ann MacGregor

  • James Darren

    Dr. Tony Newman

  • John Zaremba

    Dr. Raymond Swain

  • Whit Bissell

    Lt. General Heywood Kirk

  • Robert Colbert

    Dr. Douglas Phillips

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Mr. Johnson: (talking about time travel) Gentleman. I pride myself on being a man of logic. I'll have to think about that one.

    • Captain Beal: You must have money. Tony: I have some relatives in Philadelphia. Problem is, they haven't been born yet.

    Notes (2)

    • This was the tenth "Time Tunnel" episode to be filmed but was Episode 23 in the transmission order. Over the course of the filming of the show, James Darren's hairstyle changed subtly but noticeably - look closely and you'll see that in this episode, his hair once again has the slick, glossy look of the early episodes.

    • This is the last episode that has the "Two American Scientists ..." voiceover at the beginning. All subsequent episodes begin with the Time Tunnel staff watching Tony and Doug on the tunnel's "image area" as they tumble helplessly through the time vortex - with no commentary.

    Trivia (3)

    • Kirk says that the pirate can't be killed after he's brought through the tunnel. If that's true, then Tony and Doug should be invulnerable outside of their time as well, which clearly isn't the case.

    • This episode may be the first when it is really noticeable, but several times in the series when the guys "land" they are obviously hanging from moving cables and letting go to create the effect of momentum. In previous episodes it looked as if they were just being thrown, but the shadows of the cables are clearly visible here.

    • Probably not the first time this has happened, but as Berkhart walks into the tunnel, you can see his shadow on the "infinite" matte shot directly in front of him.

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