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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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I only have ice for you See more (39 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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)

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:
This was the last feature for the team of Jack Rabin, Irving Block and Louis DeWitt.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Narrator:It was foolish. It was insane. It was fantastic.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Atomic Recall (2007) (V)See more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
I only have ice for you, 3 August 2008
Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA

**SPOLIERS** After some half dozen US Navy subs have been destroyed in the Arctic Ocean within 200-from 87 to 90 degrees North latitude-miles of the North Pole it's decided by the US Military to send it's most advanced atomic submarine The "Tiger Shark" there to see what's causing all this destruction.

With Camdr. Reef Holloway, Arthur Franz, and his second in command Capt. Dan Wendover, Dick Foran, put in charge of the nuclear sub "Tiger Shark" in a top secret mission to the North Pole things get a bit sticky when Dr.Carl Neilson joins the sub's crew. Despite his youth, he's in his late 20's, Dr. Neilson is one of the top oceanographers in the world.

Dr. Neilson is also an unashamed peace-nick who had his old man, Reef's mentor the top naval war tactician in Annapolis,and the person whom Reef worshiped the very ground he walks on,end up hospitalized with a career ending nervous breakdown! That resulted in Dr. Neilson insinuating to the press that his father is a warmonger in his obsession with the use of nuclear submarines- and their payload of Polaris nuclear missiles-in the defense of freedom.

This tension between Reef and Dr. Neilson goes on unabatedly during the entire trip to the North Pole until it's realized that what's been sinking US military vessels up there is a hostile 300 foot in diameter flying saucer!

This UFO identified as the Cyclops, because of its flashing blue light, is using the magnetic pull of the earth, centered at the poles, to regenerate itself with magnetic energy. At the same time the UFO in order to keep it's existence secret zaps any ship or underwater sub that's unfortunate enough to get in its way!

It's also later found out straight from the UFO's pilot's-a hairy one eyed alien- mouth, or subconscious, that it's planing to have it's fellow one eyed monsters colonize the world and enslave the earth's human population!

It takes a while, with a number of the "Tiger Sharks" crew members getting killed, to figure out how to handle this alien, or aliens, from space. But later with the help of the now, he finally saw the light, kill em first and don't ask questions later ex-pacifist Dr. Neilson the human race in the end prevailed.

The problem now, after destroying the Cyclops, is just how many more of these one eyed monsters are still out there in space watching and monitoring us! And also will we have the both strength and fortitude, as well as the military hardware, to combat and defeat them in the not so far off distance future?

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