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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)

When the Earth is threatened by a burning Van Allen Radiation Belt, U.S. Navy Admiral Harriman Nelson plans to shoot a nuclear missile at the Belt, using his experimental atomic submarine, the Seaview.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Susan Hiller
Lt Cathy Connors
Lt (j.g.) Danny Romano
Dr. Jamieson
Vice-Adm. B.J. Crawford
Congressman Llewellyn Parker
Dr. Zucco
Crew member
Seaman Jimmy 'Red' Smith
CPO Gleason
Del Monroe ...
Seaman Kowski (as Delbert Monroe)


Admiral Nelson takes a brand new atomic submarine through its paces. When the Van Allen radiation belt catches fire, the admiral must find a way to beat the heat or watch the world go up in smoke. Written by <GM.Augusta@worldnet.att.net>

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Race from outer space to seven miles below the sea ... with amazing aquanauts of the deep !

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some perilous situations | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 July 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Irwin Allen's Production of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea  »

Box Office


$1,580,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Del Monroe appeared in the original film as Kowski as well as the TV series as a character with similar name Kowalski. See more »


In the TV displays in the Seaview, Captain Crane is shown approaching the open missile hatch from away from the camera, with the hatch shown open towards the camera. When they surface after the missile is fired, the hatch and Captain Crane are both in opposite directions from where the camera would be. See more »


Admiral Nelson: Well, Lee, it's been a long, tough haul from conception to execution, but, my boy, we've done it.
Capt. Lee Crane: *You've* done it, sir. You know, it bears out what you taught us at Annapolis: that "The wild dreams of today are the practical realities of tomorrow."
Admiral Nelson: I'm glad you remembered one of my more temperate quotes. Some of our colleagues haven't been quite so diplomatic.
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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Sung by Frankie Avalon
by Russell Faith
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User Reviews

Best Submarine Move Ever, Scientific Nonsense But Tremendous Fun
23 July 2001 | by (Milwaukee,Wis.) – See all my reviews

This is a movie about a state of the art submarine. Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Robert Sterling, and especially Barbara Eden do a superb job of acting. It is also state of the art inasmuch as it has Barbara Eden (Lt. Cathy Connors) on board, Actually no woman ever served on board until 20 years later. The main themes are a trip to the North pole under the ice and that the radiation layer is on fire. Joan Fontaine plays the part of a meddlesome pschiatrist and Michael Ansara plays the part on a religious fanatic who independently helps Joan Fontaine in the meddling dept. Actually the meddling becmes more dangerous than the fire. Incidents with a rebellious crew, a giant octupus etc etc infinitum add fast action. Also there is a love affair between Lt. Cathy Connors (Barbara Eden) and Capt. Crane (Robert Sterling) which add love interest. Barbara Eden's acting (her fourth acting year) is execellent and in my estimation she up-staged Joan Fontaine. Altogether a fantastic fun movie even if it was scientific nonsense.

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