Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 26

    No Way Back

    Aired 3/31/68

  • S 4 : Ep 25

    The Death Clock

    Aired 3/24/68

  • S 4 : Ep 24

    Edge of Doom

    Aired 3/17/68

  • S 4 : Ep 23

    Attack!

    Aired 3/10/68

  • S 4 : Ep 22

    Flaming Ice

    Aired 3/3/68

  • Cast & Crew
  • Richard Basehart

    Admiral Nelson

  • David Hedison

    Captain Crane

  • Edward Asner

    Brynov

  • Vincent Price

    Professor Multiple

  • Robert Duvall

    Zar

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  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was the brainchild of Writer/Producer/Director Irwin Allen... the "Master of Disaster." It ran on ABC from September 14, 1964 to September 15, 1968 for 110 episodes (32 in black and white [1964-65] and 78 in color [1965-68]), and was for its four years of some of the best and most exciting science fiction on TV at the time. While the series became rather fanciful as it wore on, it remained an entertaining, action-filled adventure. Based on the 1961 20th Century-Fox movie of the same name, co-written, produced and directed by Allen and starring Walter Pidgeon and Joan Fontaine.Broadcast History (Eastern):September 1964-September 1965, ABC Monday 7:30-8:30 September 1965-September 1968, ABC Sunday 7:30-8:30moreless

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  • Quotes (114)

    • Crane: The orders are quite clear. To complete the mission, I'm to regard Seaview and her entire crew as expendable. Nelson: (chuckles) If you have a choice, though, captain, I'd assume you'll bring us all back alive.

    • Kowalski: How do you like that? A routine cruise to no place and he wants to kill us getting there.

    • Nelson: Seaview's job is never finished. As long as there are evil forces in the world, as long as there are secrets of nature to be probed, believe me, there'll be work for us -- on missions just as vital and as dangerous as this one.

    • (The minisub is being prepared) Nelson: All set, Curley? Curley: Set like she's off on her first date, Admiral.

    • Zeraff: Up there, I am nothing. I am a snail. But down here, I am a shark. Crane: Mister, in my book, you are a man-eating piranha! Zeraff: Thank you, Captain. I'll accept that as a compliment.

    • Crane: Pure, unrevitalized air -- just like Mother used to breathe.

    • Crane: You may be willing to die rather than admitting you made a mistake. But, I'm not gonna die with you and neither are the men on this ship!

    • Curley: I hate this waiting. I'd rather do anything but wait. That's one reason why I never got married.

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    Notes (114)

    • From the book Science Fiction Television Series, by Mark Phillips and Frank Garcia: Irwin Allen, having failed to get David Hedison for the theatrical movie (Hedison had worked for him in The Lost World and had no intention of doing so again) was determined to have him for the television series. He called Hedison in New York, he called him at the Cairo Film Festival, he called him in London. Irwin finally managed to get him after mentioning that Richard Basehart had been hired. Hedison leaped at the chance of working with Basehart. Basehart, for his part, had accepted the pilot because the money was so good; he didn't think that it would sell.

    • According to the book Science Fiction Television Series, during the filming of the pilot, Mark Slade (who plays Malone) was walking outside the soundstage when he heard someone say that President Kennedy had been assassinated. He ran back inside and told someone, who didn't believe him. A few moments later, everyone was hearing about it. According to Slade, the reaction on the set was the same as it was all around the country.

    • Several scenes (notably the divers working on the seabed, the attack by an enemy submarine, the emergency blow, and the ice chunks falling on the submerged Seaview) were actually footage from the motion picture that preceded the show.

    • According to Mark Slade, who played a background crew member in a number of episodes, they were preparing to shoot a scene where the Seaview was hit by a torpedo when Richard Basehart insisted on seeing the explosive special effects go off first, although it would cause a delay in filming. The effects were set off and blew out a huge chunk of the sub's deck, right where the actors would have been standing. Basehart began singing, "There's No Business Like Show Business", and went off to lunch.

    • Hurd Hatfield is best known for his star turn in the title role of the classic film "The Picture of Dorian Grey".

    • Fans of 60's action television will recognize Walter Brooke (Dan Case) from his role as the District Attorney in The Green Hornet.

    • Lloyd Bochner (Dr. Davis) also appears in "The Deadliest Game".

    • According to the book Science Fiction Television Series, the scene where Farrell is dragged off to his death was nearly cut out. Despite the fact that Irwin Allen did not like personal dramatics, director Lenny Horn asked Joey Tata to play the scene straight--and they got away with it. Afterwards, Del Monroe told Tata "Holy ----, Joey...I got a terrible feeling watching that."

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    • During Crane's "warm greeting" by the crew, he throws a punch at Kowalski. Two later scenes show Kowalski rubbing at his jaw, but the blow actually looked as though it landed on his forehead--which probably would have damaged Crane at least as much, if not more, as Kowalski.

    • Uncredited roles: William Hudson (John Phillips), Christopher Connelly (Sonar), Hal Torey (General Chairman), Derrik Lewis (Jr. Officer), Paul Kremin (Enemy technician), Jim Goodwin (Helmsman), Dick Tufeld (Narrator), Walter Reed (Scientist), Mike Ferris and Oren Curtis (Asians), Ron Rondell (Driver), Buck Karalian, Fred Zendar, Bill Kinney and Chuck Courtney (Crew), Marco Lopez (Officer) Werner Klemperer (Enemy Voice) Werner Klemperer's face can also be clearly seen in some shots.

    • As Nelson and Captain Phillips drive to their meeting, the car halts briefly and a painter quickly sprays an "X" on the roof. He centers the X, but in long shots, you can see that it reaches clear to the corners of the roof.

    • Look carefully as the Snow Cat returns to Seaview. As it approaches, it looks as if a stage door is open in the background.

    • Notice the close-ups of Crane's face as he battles the giant squid. It is not David Hedison under the face-mask but Robert Sterling who played Crane in the 1961 Voyage movie.

    • In many scenes, the cast "falls upward" when the Seaview rocks. Obviously, Irwin Allen had yet to perfect his famous "rock and roll".

    • During the closeup of the dead diver in the Seaview's net, you can see the man blink.

    • Uncredited roles: Joey Walsh (Atlas), Dennis Cross (Operator), Athan Karras (Clerk), Paul Kremin (Georgio)

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    Allusions (9)

    • "Lethium" gas no doubt gets its name from Lethe, the river of Sleep and Forgetfulness, out of Greek and Roman mythology.

    • In this episode (and many others), there is reference to "Scuttlebutt", meaning "gossip". A "butt" refers to a cask or barrel, while a "scuttle" is a hole. (In seafaring movies, you might hear the cry, "We've scuttled 'em, Cap'n!") In the days of sailing ships, a scuttlebutt was a water cask with an attached spigot. Just as, in modern times, workers would gather around the water cooler, so sailors would gather around the scuttlebutt for a drink and a quick chat. Gradually the term for the water container came to stand for the gossip exchanged around it.

    • Anton Miklos: Nobel himself couldn't have made better explosives for you. Miklos is referring to Alfred Bernhard Nobel (1833-1896). Following his brother's death in an explosives factory, Nobel worked to develop a more stable explosive--and came up with dynamite. He later used his vast fortune to institute the Nobel Prizes.

    • Crane: That's all they need ... Captain Bligh! Crane is referring to William Bligh, commander of the HMS Bounty. Bligh was immortalized as a brutal tyrant in the novel Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall, and even more so in the 1935 film starring Charles Laughton & Clark Gable. Bligh may well have been maligned; as I understand it, his problem was not so much brutality (brutal discipline on British ships was the norm at the time) as being too soft with his men in many ways. He preferred scolding to physical punishment (he was known for his sharp tongue) and after letting his men loaf for five months on Tahiti (waiting for their cargo of breadfruit to ripen), naturally they weren't pleased at having to buckle down and go back to work. Bligh was a remarkable seaman, piloting a 23 ft boat and a small group of loyal crew some 3,618 miles to safety after they were set adrift. But it's not likely that his reputation will change in the public eye.

    • The footprint-tracking spray and the lens for seeing it were invented some 100 years previously by Artemus Gordon of the United States Secret Service. (See the episode "Night of the Grand Emir" from The Wild, Wild West CBS 1965 - 70)

    • Nelson: The best-laid plans of mice and men, Kaber. Nelson is alluding to a famous line from a poem by Robert Burns, "Man Was Made to Mourn." Nelson is actually misquoting--Burns' line goes as follows: The best laid schemes o' mice and men/ Gang aft agley.

    • Both Nelson and Krueger allude to the Flying Dutchman. There are a number of different references: a medieval legend of a Captain Falkenburg, cursed to sail the North Sea until Judgement Day, dicing with the devil for his soul; a 17 century Dutch Captain, Bernard Fokke, known for the uncanny speed of his sea voyages and suspected of being in league with the devil. The first printed reference is in the 1775 book Voyage to Botany Bay, by George Barrington, concerning a Dutch Man 'o War that was lost "some years ago" off the Cape of Good Hope, seen again by its sister vessel when it returned through the same area. It became known as the "Flying Dutchman". Still another reference is in the May 1821 issue of Blackwoods Magazine, concerning an Amsterdam vessel captained by a Hendrik van der Decken 70 years previously. After a long day of fighting the wind to get through Table Bay, a vessel asked the captain if he intended going into the bay that night, and the captain replied, "May I be eternally damned if I do, though I should beat about here till the day of judgement." Prince George of Wales (later King George V of the U.K), and his tutor claimed to have seen the "Flying Dutchman" in 1880 off the coast of Australia.

    • And Then There Were None (1939) The plot in this episode bears a resemblance to the novel "And Then There Were None" by mystery writer Agatha Christie. In the story, 10 guests are invited to a a secluded island by a mysterious host and summarily killed one by one. Here we have the stalled Seaview serving as the island and the 10 technicians serving as the guests, with Nelson and Crane as surrogate hosts/investigators.

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  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • Somebody should have sued the the manufacturer of the Seaview'sonboard computer...it kept exploding and electrocuting the ships navigator....

    By jawsthecabbie, Oct 26, 2011

  • I must say I'm a little irked that everything I read about this episode said the same thing;

    By zeropc_1, Jun 19, 2006

  • The adventures of the submarine Seaview of the Nelson Institute of Marine Research headed by Admiral Harriman Nelson and Captain Lee Crane the ships captain. A science fiction show based on the movie of the same name it ran four years on ABC

    By OLDERTVFAN, Dec 05, 2008

  • Not a good choise!

    By da_dunker, Sep 04, 2007

  • This show was about the adventures of the submarine SeaView, the dream made reality by Admiral Harriman Nelson and his Nelson Institute. It was commanded by Captain Crane,whom Nelson repected and liked. They had many interesting suspensful adventures.

    By DaffyD21, May 11, 2007

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