Dan explores a magical undersea world "peopled" by talking fish and ruled by a beautiful and wise mermaid. Much of the drama is fueled by the nefarious Baron Barracuda and his henchfish ... See full summary »

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 Diver Dan (35 episodes, 1961)


Dan explores a magical undersea world "peopled" by talking fish and ruled by a beautiful and wise mermaid. Much of the drama is fueled by the nefarious Baron Barracuda and his henchfish Trigger who, "dripping" with evil intent, scheme to eliminate Dan and destroy the peace and serenity of the inhabitants. Written by Brian Kellman <diverdan7@aol.com>

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Two giant fish tanks, one for long shots and the other for close-ups, were manufactured so the cameraman could film the action with live fish swimming in the foreground. See more »


Closing theme: He moves among creatures / Of frightening features: Flashing teeth, slashing jaws, / Flapping fins, snapping claws! / He protects and he saves / His friends under the waves; / That's where you'll find Diver Dan!
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Referenced in Problem Child (1990) See more »


Diver Dan Theme
Lyrics by Leon Rhodes
Music by Jack Sky
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Keeping the memory of Diver Dan alive
10 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Diver Dan - Live Action TV Show It really wasn't a show at all. More of a serial with the familiar "tune in next time for the next exciting chapter". Each chapter was about 6 minutes long and featured some of the most seaworthy characters around.

Oh, and yeah, they were all puppets.

Well, Diver Dan and the mermaid named Minerva were live actors - Dan played by Frank Freda (who still lives and works in N.Y. City), Minerva by Suzanne Truner - but the rest of the cast was made up of marionette fish puppets.

Dan's fish friends included Finley, Georgy Porgy, Doc Sturgeon, Sawfish Sam, Angel Fish, Sea Biscuit the sea horse, Oh and of coarse, Dan's love interest Miss Minerva, the mermaid that Dan always had a problem of catching up with.

Then there were the evil baron Barracuda (with a voice that sounded like Bela Logosi), his cigarette smoking sidekick Trigger Fish, beatnik fish Gill-Espi, Scout Fish, Hermit the Crab, and little Goldie rounded out the other inhabitants of this underwater classic.

Allen Swift provided all the voices of the fish characters.

Underwater it might have seemed on Diver Dan, but in reality these performers were filmed acting through a real fish tank. Real bubbles and fish would swim in front of the action we were watching and it gave the illusion of a real underwater adventure. Well, as a youngster it really seemed that way! The show was the brainchild of artist John Ferlaine. It actually started out as a comic strip called 'Fish Tales'. When an art directer for WCAU TV, he adapted his idea for a television show. He not only created the show, but carved all of the fish characters himself. It was his idea also to film through the fish tank to give the show that underwater look.

With the help of film producer Louis Kellman who had a staff of cameramen, lab technicians, and editors that he employed to produce TV spots, short films and NFL football games, liked the idea of producing a children's show, so he and his crew spent the next nine months filming 104 episodes of Diver Dan.

What is unfortunate about this childhood classic, is that only a handful of episodes of the show(40) still exist out of that 104.

But we who still remember the episodes will keep the memory of Diver Dan alive and a special part of our youth.

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