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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)

When the Earth is threatened by a burning Van Allen Radiation Belt, US 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
Comm. Lucius Emery
Miguel Alvarez
Lt (j.g.) Danny Romano
Dr. Jamieson
Vice-Adm. B.J. Crawford
Congressman Llewellyn Parker
Dr. Zucco
Skip Ward ...
Crew member
Seaman Jimmy 'Red' Smith
CPO Gleason
Del Monroe ...
Seaman Kowski (as Delbert Monroe)

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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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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


On a Congressional tour of the submarine "Seaview", Admiral Nelson mentions that there are things on the sub that even Jules Verne had not imagined. The next person they meet is Commodore Lucius Emery, played by Peter Lorre, who was Prof. Pierre Arronax's assistant Conseil on the Walt Disney version of the Verne classic "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)), about a 19th-century submarine. See more »


The Admiral states that the minefield the sub encounters is too deep for divers, so they send out the minisub to cut the snagged cable. But earlier, during the effort to tap the telephone cable, they had used divers - even though, judging by the depth to which the Seaview had to dive (as depicted in the scenes of it sinking to the ocean floor), they were clearly far too deep for divers to operate. See more »


Comm. Lucius Emery: Impossible? You sound like Zucco. Nothing is impossible.
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Referenced in Crew Man No 1 (2015) See more »


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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