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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 »
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Low-budget thriller with some interesting concepts 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
Reynold Brown .... movie poster art (uncredited)
 
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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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Producer Alex Gordon's first choice for director was Edward L. Cahn.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:
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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23 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Low-budget thriller with some interesting concepts, 29 May 2003
Author: henri sauvage from nashville, tn

Something about this movie makes me believe it was inspired by some article in an old Popular Science magazine about giant atomic-powered cargo subs of the near future plying the short route to the Pacific under the polar ice cap. (I must have missed that development while I was commuting by hovercar to my all-plastic cabin in the mountains, where a home breeder reactor supplies me with power too cheap to meter.)

The actors are (mostly) competent, with B-movie stalwart Arthur Franz in the lead. The script is serviceable, containing some creepy moments as well as an occasionally interesting clash of ideologies between military tough guy Franz and the peacenik scientist son (Brett Halsey) of his revered mentor. Though they despise each other at first, they find they can agree on the need to kick some alien booty.

The fx team of Jack Rabin, Irving Block and Louis DeWitt collaborated on quite a few low-budget sci-fi's in the 50's -- the most notable example being "Kronos", with its bizarre, energy-sucking giant cubist robot -- and manage to achieve a few interesting effects in this one, too.

The most unusual thing about this film is that I believe it's the first sci-fi movie to use the concept of a "living" spaceship. And I'm willing to bet money that the film's slime-dripping, tentacled alien Cyclops is the direct inspiration for The Simpsons' Kang and Kodos. Even the voice is similar.

If you're willing to forgive its obvious limitations, "Atomic Submarine" is an entertaining little low-budget romp.

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