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The Atomic Submarine -- When a nuclear-powered submarine, the Tiger Shark, sets out to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances near the Arctic Circle, its fearless crew finds itself besieged by electrical storms, an Unidentified Floating Saucer, and lots of hairy tentacles.

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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 » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Don't believe the incredible low rating...it IS quite enjoyable. See more (43 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:
Plot holes: After the Tiger Shark rigs for "silent running," they continue to communicate over the loud speakers.See more »
Quotes:
Narrator:It was foolish. It was insane. It was fantastic.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Atomic Recall (2007) (V)See more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Don't believe the incredible low rating...it IS quite enjoyable., 23 January 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"The Atomic Submarine" is rather surprisingly a release from the super-intellectual Criterion Collection. This surprised me, though after seeing it, I could see that the film was a very good B-movie--and there was a lot to admire.

The film begins by learning that various ships entering the Arctic region have been lost--so many that the government is sending their top submarine there to investigate. This ship discovers something that no one had anticipated...and I won't say more because I don't want to spoil the suspense--and there is quite a bit.

This film has several deficits--mostly due to its very low budget. Because they could not afford tons of special effects, a few shortcuts were used. Stock footage (often a bit grainy) of ships sinking, a rather silly creature near the end and sets that looked more like sets than a sub are all things you are bound to notice. And, the script is occasionally a bit clichéd. But, on the other hand, the film is pretty exciting and seemed to get the most out of its low budget and short filming schedule. Plus, the story underneath it all was quite creative and great. Clever and well worth seeing.

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