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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 

The submarine Seaview is commissioned to investigate the mysteries of the seas. Usually it finds more problems than answers...

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Complete series cast summary:
Richard Basehart ...  Adm. Harriman Nelson / ... 110 episodes, 1964-1968
David Hedison ...  Capt. Lee B. Crane / ... 110 episodes, 1964-1968
Robert Dowdell ...  Chip Morton / ... 109 episodes, 1964-1968
Del Monroe Del Monroe ...  Kowalski / ... 98 episodes, 1964-1968
Terry Becker ...  Chief Francis Ethelbert Sharkey / ... 71 episodes, 1965-1968
Paul Trinka Paul Trinka ...  Patterson / ... 58 episodes, 1964-1968
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Voyage chronicled the adventures of the world's first privately owned nuclear submarine, the SSRN Seaview. Designed by Admiral Harriman Nelson, she was a tool of oceanographic research for the Nelson Institute of Marine Research. Though the show is known for its "monster" episodes, many plots were veiled commentaries of what was happening in the news. Such plotlines as nuclear doomsday, pollution of natural resources, foreign threat, and theft of American technology are all still relevant today. Written by Linda Adams <Garridon@aol.com>

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USA

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English

Release Date:

14 September 1964 (USA) See more »

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Viaje al fondo del mar See more »

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(110 episodes)

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color | Black and White (31 episodes)

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4:3
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Late in the filming of the second season, Richard Basehart fell ill during the filming of the episode "The Monster's Web", and was unable to complete that episode, and work on the next two. "The Monster's Web" was re-written to minimize the part of his character, Admiral Nelson (knocked out of action in the first act), with a stand-in used for many shots with his face hidden and lines dubbed. The next episode, "The Menfish", had Nelson away, and his lines reassigned to guest character Admiral Park (Gary Merrill). The following episode, "The Mechanical Man", had Nelson still away, and reassigned his lines to Captain Crane (David Hedison) and Crane's lines to Commander Morton (Robert Dowdell). Basehart returned in time to appear in the season finale, "The Return of the Phantom". See more »

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Strangers are routinely taken aboard the Seaview and are left free to roam around unescorted, despite the ship having nuclear weapons. See more »

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Captain Crane: A man learns a great deal sitting on top of an armed nuclear bomb for twenty-four hours.
Admiral Nelson: I can think of a number of important people in this world of ours who would profit enormously from the experience.
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They even had a leprechaun
21 December 2000 | by Gary-161See all my reviews

The Seaview is confronted by a giant seaweed monster with two eyeballs. "I've never seen anything like it!" Exclaims Nelson. Yes, you have, it was on three episodes previously. In fact that eyeball monster was a regular fixture on the show. Whenever they ran out of ideas (which was all too frequent) out would come Mr Eye balls. In one episode they couldn't be bothered to show some rogue scientists so they just had someone relay the information that there were a bunch of rogue scientists on the seabed controlling Mr Eyeballs. They had a villain on board who kept talking to them through a walkie-talkie. Spare no expense!

But you gotta love those titles, usually self explanatory such as 'Terror on dinosaur island' or my personal favourite, 'The monster from outer space.' Highlights include a scientist who took a drug that expanded him in size. It also expanded his clothes and he sprouted fangs ('Behemoth', God, why do I remember that?) Also the under-sea spider. Well cool. Every week Kowalski would be chewed out by the chief or the crew would fling themselves from side to side of the sub. Getting bored with this they introduced a flying sub that would fly around endlessly for little reason and inevitably crash land.

On and on the series went. Eventually they dispensed with all the monsters and had the crew just walking up and down the corridors with the odd lobster man dropping in to break the monotony. Richard Basehart, seeing a once promising career disappearing under the beach break, became increasingly irritable as the series staggered on. In one episode the Seaview was taken over by seaweed for the umpteenth time and he was hilariously indifferent and short-tempered. Grabbing a laser gun with a 'don't-bother-me-with-this' shrug he flatly said "We'll burn it with this" and proceeded to do so with all the urgency of a man filling in a tax bill. Eventually the writers ran out of final scenes so the cast would just stand there looking at each other uncomfortably waiting for Nelson to ad lib something like "er, let's get under way."

It's missed. Sort of.


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