The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Thirty-Fathom Grave 

In the early 1960's, as a U.S. Navy ship cruises near Guadalcanal in the South Pacific, its sonar detects muted hammering on metal undersea. The eerie sounds emanate from a submarine on the... See full summary »

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McClure
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OOD
Conlan Carter ...
Ensign Marmer
Forrest Compton ...
ASW Officer
Henry Scott ...
Jr. OOD
Anthony D. Call ...
Lee Helmsman (as Tony Call)
Charles Kuenstle ...
Sonar Operator
Derrik Lewis ...
Helmsman
Vincent Baggetta ...
Sailor (as Vince Bagetta)
Louie Elias ...
Sailor
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In the early 1960's, as a U.S. Navy ship cruises near Guadalcanal in the South Pacific, its sonar detects muted hammering on metal undersea. The eerie sounds emanate from a submarine on the ocean floor, maybe there since World War II. A very nervous crew member (Mike Kellin) on the ship served aboard that sub - and he was its sole survivor. Written by David Stevens

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10 January 1963 (USA)  »

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Submarine 714 was actually a World War II German vessel that was sunk during that conflict. See more »

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There is a belief that the U.S. Navy stopped using the Copper Hard Hat diving helmet by 1962. When in fact, the Mark V hard hat was used by the US Navy from 1916 till 1984. In 1984 The older copper hard hat was replaced by a fiberglass version that continues to this day. There are many jobs that Navy divers perform that a diver with SCUBA gear could not perform. The heavy diving apparatus allows a diver to walk and work in higher currents without the fatigue that affect a SCUBA diver. See more »

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[closing narration]
Narrator: Small naval engagement, the month of April 1963. Not to be found in any historical annals. Look for this one filed under 'H' for haunting - in the Twilight Zone.
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Eerie Episode
6 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

This episode remains in my memory as one of the most eerie of all. It was well suited to the one hour format that was alloted to Serling for one year's worth of the show. The story concerns a sailor from WWII who is a career military man and still serving in the early 60's. A submarine sunk during the war, of which he was the sole surviving crew member, is discovered by sonar. A strange banging noise has brought the sunken hulk to the attention of the sonar operator. The sole survivor, recognizing his shipmates are all still sealed up in the wreck, becomes convinced that the tapping sound is their ghosts reaching out, as it were, from the grave for him. As always, Serling plays up the psychological aspects to the hilt. It is, in my estimation, the best of the one hour episodes, with an eerie Serling conclusion.


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