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The Atomic Submarine (1959)

Not Rated  |   |  Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  29 November 1959 (USA)
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Ships mysteriously disappear on route across the Arctic Sea, and a specially-equipped submarine is sent to investigate.

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Arthur Franz ...
Lt. Cmdr. Richard 'Reef' Holloway
Dick Foran ...
Cmdr. Dan Wendover
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Dr. Carl Neilson Jr.
Tom Conway ...
Sir Ian Hunt
Paul Dubov ...
Lt. David Milburn
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CPO 'Grif' Griffin
Victor Varconi ...
Dr. Clifford Kent
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Julie
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Adm. Terhune
Jack Mulhall ...
Justin Murdock
Jean Moorhead ...
Helen Milburn
Richard Tyler ...
Frogman Carney
Kenneth Becker ...
Frogman Powell (as Ken Becker)
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Yeoman Chester Tuttle
Frank Watkins ...
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In the far and distant future of 1968, many ships and planes are crossing the North pole to transport passengers and cargo. However lately more than eight ships and seven submarines have vanished mysteriously. The Tigershark is sent out to investigate their whereabouts and - if possible - remove the cause of their disappearance. But the life form Commander Vandover and his crew encounter may be too powerful even for their weapons of newest technology... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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When U.S.A. Killer Subs meet a ruthless power in the icy depths of a Polar Sea! See more »

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29 November 1959 (USA)  »

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The Atomic Sub  »

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$135,000 (estimated)
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(Ryder Sound Services)
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Producer Alex Gordon wanted to hire veterans Frank Lackteen and Edmund Cobb as passersby. The studio objected to the $100 salary for each, contending that they were functioning as extras and were only entitled to $20. Wanting these old-time actors to get a day's pay, Gordon paid them out of his own pocket. See more »

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The Magnetic North Pole is not located under the Geographic North Pole, which is where the UFO returns in the film to "recharge its batteries" from the Earth's magnetic field. Science had acknowledged this at least two decades before 1959, which was when the film had been released. More current maps show it shifting a bit to the north of Canada. See more »

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One of the Sci Fi Mill Classics
9 March 2003 | by (Columbus, Georgia) – See all my reviews

"Atomic Submarine" has two things to recommend it to viewers. It is adventure, with all sorts of dangerous situations, and a desperate battle against an undersea alien. And, it is unintentionally funny. Not hilarious mind you; but certainly funny enough for a few laughs as you enjoy its clumsy attempts at plot, acting and logic. Still, I like it, and I always watch it if it comes on cable. Its the adventure I guess. I get caught up in the idea of the powerful submarine; the crew at odds with each other; the "science-on-the-fly" they use to fight the monster. Its fun overall. I would venture to say that it is one of the classics of the 50's-60's low budget sci fi era.

This film is also notable for a brief appearance by Joi Lansing; the last, and prettiest, of the Hollywood "blonde bombshells". It's certainly worth watching if you're a guy, and a sci-fi fan. With a little imagination, "Atomic Submarine" is entertaining escapism.


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