Ensign O'Toole (1962–1963)
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Operation: Arctic 

While stationed in sub-freezing Arctic waters, the crew starts to go stir crazy.


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James Fritzell (as Jim Fritzell), Everett Greenbaum | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Dean Jones ... Ensign O'Toole
Jay C. Flippen ... Chief Petty Officer Homer Nelson
Jack Mullaney ... Lt. Rex St. John
Jack Albertson ... Lt. Cdr. Virgil Stoner
Harvey Lembeck ... DiJulio
Robert Sorrells Robert Sorrells ... White
Gerald Trump Gerald Trump ... Crump
Andrew Colmar Andrew Colmar ... Naismith
Martin Dean Martin Dean ... Martin
Eddie Peterson Eddie Peterson ... Selby


The Appleby is sent on a mission to the Arctic to test some new hull paint for durability in the cold. The crew gets bored having to stay inside the ship for so long which leads to fighting. Ensign O'Toole gets the crew to work on handicrafts to relieve the boredom. One crewman's craft puts the whole ship on red alert. Written by Gsasat

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Release Date:

31 March 1963 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Closing credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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The Sub That Wasn't
26 April 2017 | by JordanThomasHallSee all my reviews

The USS Appleby is stationed off the Arctic coast assigned to test new deck paint in -24F degree weather. The conditions make the crew short and agitated with one another. Ensign O'Toole (Dean Jones) contends that the men need recreation and the men gather to watch the movie on board that they've seen countless times. A comical variation of the pie fight breaks out with popcorn. The next recreational idea is to have fun relaxing with hobby crafts, which becomes a drilled order. Seaman White (Robert Sorrells) goes down to work on his hobby craft on top of the sonar power supply. As he pounds at the copper ashtray he's making, he is unknowingly sending sonar signals to the control room. As he carries out different tasks on the ashtray he is sending different sound patterns, and the crew think they have picked up a Russian submarine. As White hammers faster they think the sub is gaining ground on them, and panic ensues. The nerve-wrecking tension and mistaken scenario is quite hilarious. A swift, well written and executed script.

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