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The Atomic Submarine
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Writer:
Orville H. Hampton (written by)
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Release Date:
29 November 1959 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
"Our fleet of atomic submarines has disappeared!" See more »
Plot:
Ships mysteriously disappear on route across the Arctic Sea, and a specially-equipped submarine is sent to investigate. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Arthur Franz ... Lt. Cmdr. Richard 'Reef' Holloway
Dick Foran ... Cmdr. Dan Wendover

Brett Halsey ... Dr. Carl Neilson Jr.
Tom Conway ... Sir Ian Hunt
Paul Dubov ... Lt. David Milburn

Bob Steele ... CPO 'Grif' Griffin
Victor Varconi ... Dr. Clifford Kent

Joi Lansing ... Julie
Selmer Jackson ... Adm. Terhune
Jack Mulhall ... Justin Murdock
Jean Moorhead ... Helen Milburn
Richard Tyler ... Frogman Carney
Kenneth Becker ... Frogman Powell (as Ken Becker)

Sid Melton ... Yeoman Chester Tuttle
Frank Watkins ... Watkins
Pat Michaels ... Narrator (voice)
John Hilliard ... Saucer Voice (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edmund Cobb ... Passerby (uncredited)
Frank Lackteen ... Passerby (uncredited)
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Directed by
Spencer Gordon Bennet  (as Spencer G. Bennet)
 
Writing credits
Orville H. Hampton (written by)

Irving Block  story (uncredited)
Jack Rabin  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Irving Block .... producer associate
Alex Gordon .... producer
Orville H. Hampton .... associate producer
Jack Rabin .... producer associate
Henry Schrage .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Alexander Laszlo 
 
Cinematography by
Gilbert Warrenton (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Austin 
 
Art Direction by
Don Ament 
Daniel Haller  (as Dan Haller)
 
Set Decoration by
Harry Reif 
 
Makeup Department
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist (as Emile Lavigne)
 
Production Management
Edward Morey Jr. .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clark L. Paylow .... assistant director (as Clark Paylow)
Arthur M. Broidy .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Max Frankel .... properties
 
Sound Department
Ralph Butler .... sound
Martin Greco .... sound editor (as Marty Greco)
 
Special Effects by
Milton Olsen .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Irving Block .... special effects designer and creator
Louis DeWitt .... special effects designer and creator
Jack Rabin .... special effects designer and creator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Satterfield .... chief set electrician
Arthur Lane .... camera operator (uncredited)
Harry Lewis .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norah Sharpe .... wardrobe
Roger J. Weinberg .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Neil Brunnenkant .... music editor
Alexander Laszlo .... conductor
 
Other crew
Ruth Alexander .... assistant to producer
Jack W. Cash .... dialogue supervisor (as Jack Cash)
Jack W. Cash .... production associate (as Jack Cash)
Judith Hart .... script supervisor
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Atomic Sub" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
72 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

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Trivia:
Producer Alex Gordon's first choice for director was Edward L. Cahn.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: After the Tiger Shark rigs for "silent running," they continue to communicate over the loud speakers.See more »
Quotes:
Voice of Spaceman:At last Commander, we meet as your people say... face to face!
Cmdr. Richard 'Reef' Holloway:That's a face?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Atomic Recall (2007) (V)See more »

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Cyclopic Submarine, 23 December 2006
Author: bobtheplanet from United States

8 out of 10 for effort in the category of lo-budget Sci-Fi Tomfoolery.

What can I say… old "B" grade sci-fi films from the 50's and 60's are really fun to watch. This one is favorite of mine; I'll watch it over and over again. Somehow these movies re-ignite childhood memories of Saturday afternoons at the show or late night TV popcorn fests. Sure they're stinkers, but the odor they emit is as evocative as an exotic fragrance that stimulates half-forgotten memories.

Lots of stock footage; voice-over narration; maps with squiggly chase routes; a solid cast of character actors; cheap, but eerie and imaginative effects… all earmarks of the trashy Drive-in and Matinée fare. Remember "Double Features" or "Triple Features"? Movies like "Atomic Submarine" were the Chinese takeout menu of the 50's cinema scene – quick and filling, but not much else!

If you like ATOMIC SUBMARINE, you'll also like KRONOS; IT, THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE; TARGET EARTH; THE CRAWLING EYE; FIEND WITHOUT A FACE; I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE; THE BRAIN EATERS; THE CURSE OF THE FLY along with many others too numerous to mention. All flawed by their cheapness, but remembered for a few minutes of imaginative storytelling.

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