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Writers:
Irwin Allen (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
12 July 1961 (USA) See more »
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Admiral Nelson takes a brand new atomic submarine through its paces. When the Van Allen radiation belt catches fire... See more » | Add synopsis »
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In the Wake of the Nautilus, the U.S.S. Seaview See more (63 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Walter Pidgeon ... Adm. Harriman Nelson

Joan Fontaine ... Dr. Susan Hiller

Barbara Eden ... Lt Cathy Connors

Peter Lorre ... Comm. Lucius Emery

Robert Sterling ... Capt. Lee Crane

Michael Ansara ... Miguel Alvarez

Frankie Avalon ... Lt (j.g.) Danny Romano

Regis Toomey ... Dr. Jamieson

John Litel ... Vice-Adm. B.J. Crawford

Howard McNear ... Congressman Llewellyn Parker

Henry Daniell ... Dr. Zucco
Skip Ward ... Crew member

Mark Slade ... Seaman Jimmy 'Red' Smith
Charles Tannen ... CPO Gleason
Del Monroe ... Seaman Kowski (as Delbert Monroe)
Anthony Monaco ... Cookie
Michael Ford ... Crew member

Robert Easton ... Sparks
Jonathan Gilmore ... Seaman George Young
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Adams ... Crew Member (uncredited)
Art Baker ... UN Commentator (uncredited)
Robert Buckingham ... Crew Member (uncredited)
Charles Dierkop ... Pilot of the Seaview (uncredited)
George Diestel ... Lt. Hodges (uncredited)
John Giovanni ... Italian Delegate (uncredited)
Larry Gray ... Dr. Newmar (uncredited)
William Herrin ... Crew Member (uncredited)
Kendrick Huxham ... UN Chairman (uncredited)
David McLean ... Ned Thompson (uncredited)
Jimmy Murphy ... Crew Member (uncredited)
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Directed by
Irwin Allen 
 
Writing credits
Irwin Allen (screenplay) and
Charles Bennett (screenplay)

Irwin Allen (story)

Produced by
Irwin Allen .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
Bert Shefter 
 
Cinematography by
Winton C. Hoch  (as Winton Hoch)
 
Film Editing by
George Boemler 
 
Art Direction by
Herman A. Blumenthal 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Walter M. Scott 
John Sturtevant 
 
Costume Design by
Paul Zastupnevich 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ad Schaumer .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Warren B. Delaplain .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Johnny Hagner .... stunts (uncredited)
Zale Parry .... underwater stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Lamb .... underwater cinematographer
 
Music Department
Max Reese .... orchestrator
Victor Arno .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Pete Carpenter .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Milton Raskin .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... conductor (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... musician: piano (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Jim Martell .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Al Gail .... assistant to producer
Fred Zendar .... technical advisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Global Crisis" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for some perilous situations
Runtime:
105 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-12 | Sweden:11 | UK:U | USA:PG | USA:Approved (certificate #19888) (original rating) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
The fins at the rear of the "Seaview" resemble the tail fins of a 1961 Cadillac.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Captain Crane takes the periscope from Romano (after Admiral Nelson has countermanded his order to look for other survivors from Alvarez's party), he takes one last look for survivors by sweeping the 'scope from left to right. But in the first insert shot showing what Crane is looking at, the periscope is moving from right to left.See more »
Quotes:
Admiral Nelson:Alvarez... are you saying that Man must accept destruction even though it's in his power to prevent it?
Alvarez:It's not for us to judge, Admiral.
Admiral Nelson:Not to judge, maybe; but we can reason. If God ordains that Man should die without a fight, then why does He give us the will to live?
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Soundtrack:
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26 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
In the Wake of the Nautilus, the U.S.S. Seaview, 10 May 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I still remember seeing this film at movie theaters way back when I was a lad. Of course I didn't hear very much of it due to all the shrieks and squeals from the teenage girls in the audience over Frankie Avalon. That curiously enough didn't matter because Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is a very visual film.

It might seem a little old hat today, but we've been through two more generations that have seen the United States Navy become an atomic fleet of submarines and surface carriers. It was only seven years earlier, in 1955 that the U.S.S. Nautilus was launched as our first atomic submarine. In homage to that wonderful visionary Jules Verne who foresaw atomic power one hundred years earlier the Navy named it after that famous undersea ship of Verne's great novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The nuclear submarine was a wondrous thing in 1961.

The idea of a nuclear power submarine was the brainchild of Admiral Hyman Rickover. Rickover was a tough minded s.o.b. who usually got whatever he wanted by any mean necessary including bullying. Hard to believe that the gentlemanly Walter Pigeon could play him, but he did and well as Admiral Harry Nelson, the ersatz Rickover.

What's happened here is that the Van Allen radiation belt that surrounds the Earth has caught fire and temperatures are climbing all over the world. The planet is doomed, but Walter Pigeon's got an idea to save it. Fire a missile and seed the belt with more radiation, kind of a nuclear backfire and the blaze will end.

A lot of people are telling him it won't work, but Pigeon brushes them all aside. The only two who have faith in him are his assistants played by Peter Lorre and Barbara Eden. But our intrepid admiral pushes through.

Of course the U.S.S. Seaview encounters all kinds of obstacles along the way, but that's the rest of the story.

The cast does very well for itself and young Frankie Avalon as a junior officer comes off rather nicely. Frankie sings over the title credits, but during the movie plays a trumpet. Avalon in fact was a trumpet virtuoso and a singing career was an afterthought. The fickle finger of fate.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea still a nice science fiction adventure even though it is dated.

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