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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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Definitely the blueprint for VOYAGE's The Seaview See more (39 total) »

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:
The trailer for this Allied Artists release played down the science fiction elements and made it look more like a military action film.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:
Referenced in Atomic Recall (2007) (V)See more »

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Definitely the blueprint for VOYAGE's The Seaview, 3 October 2004
Author: davidemartin (davidemartin@cs.com) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

What a difference the three years separating ATOMIC SUBMARINE and VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA made! Of course, Allen's much larger budget sure helped too. Still, one can see The Tigershark as being the direct parent of The Seaview.

We have an advanced nuclear sub capable of firing missiles or torpedoes and equipped with a secondary submarine. The Seaview originally carried a small fleet of 2-man submersibles but they got eclipsed by the flashier Flying Sub. And of course you have the senior officer, the younger guy who actually handles the action scenes, and a couple onboard scientists just for the heck of it.

The plot itself is pretty much the model for many of the Voyages to the Bottom of the Sea. The hidden mystery at the heart of an otherwise normal mission, the unexpected monster.... Yeah, this could have been a VOYAGE episode. And in fact, eventually IT WAS! VOYAGE did an episode that adapted ATOMIC SUBMARINE pretty much straight, just changing the sub, the crew names, and a few details (and ditching Joi Lansing's character, alas!).

While ATOMIC SUBMARINE does look frightfully low budget compared to VOYAGE, let alone today's super-bloated budget busters, it works pretty well for a product of its time. And the minimalist, barely illuminated alien saucer interior is surprising effect. I know it creeped me out when I first saw this late one night in '66!

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