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Hello Down There (1969)

G | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 25 June 1969 (USA)
A marine scientist volunteers to have his family live in a prototype underwater home to prove it's practical.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Fred Miller
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Vivian Miller
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Nate Ashbury
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T.R. Hollister
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Mel Cheever
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Myrtle Ruth
Kay Cole ...
Lorrie Miller
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Harold Webster
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Marvin Webster
Gary Tigerman ...
Tommie Miller
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Jonah
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Sonarman
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Himself
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Dr. Wells
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Adm. Sheridan
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Storyline

Marine scientist Fred Miller designs the world's first underwater home, but when the business magnate funding his work threatens to end the project, Miller volunteers to live in it with his own family to prove it's practical. The underwater clan includes his water-phobic wife and his daughter and son, who are part of a rock and roll band. They bring along the lead singer and drummer. Along the way, they have to contend with a competing engineer who promises to mine the ocean floor for the businessman. A record producer likes their music and books them on TV, leading the kids to try to escape to the surface. Written by Anonymous

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Take a Dive with the Miller Family! See more »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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25 June 1969 (USA)  »

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Sub-A-Dub-Dub  »

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Trivia

Reissued for Saturday children's matinées under the title "Sub-A-Dub-Dub" See more »

Goofs

When the teens take the mini-submarine out, the internal shots show a cabin space large enough to fit four standing adults, plus all the band's gear, with room to spare. The external shots, however, clearly show a model that is barely the size of the single rescue diver. See more »

Quotes

Fred Miller: [they are in a mini-submarine] We maintain normal atmospheric pressure in here by a special mixture of Oxygen and Helium.
T.R. Hollister: Never mind the scientific lecture, Miller. Just what is this crazy project you dragged me down here to see?
Fred Miller: Mr. Hollister, this project meets the most important challenge of the future.
T.R. Hollister: Never mind the future, just give me the past. And oysters.
T.R. Hollister: There she is!
T.R. Hollister: Where?
Fred Miller: Right there. Dead ahead.
T.R. Hollister: Well, I see where is it, but what is it? It looks like a large onion.
Fred Miller: That's what we ...
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References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can Love You
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
Music by Arthur Johnson
Performed by Harold and the Hang-Ups
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This movie is sublimely ridiculous. Watch and enjoy.
17 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The cast of this 1969 movie alone is enough to recommend it. A pre Odd Couple Tony Randall. A post Psycho Janet Leigh as his wife . Jim Backus being Jim Backus. Roddy McDowell somewhere between Flicka and Planet of the Apes. Richard Dreyfus facing his FIRST shark encounter (sharks were old hat to him by the time Jaws came around) Ken Barry actually playing a bad guy! And Charlotte Rae who apparently had other charges in her care prior to Willis, Arnold, Blair, Jo, Natalie and Tootie.

If that doesn't give you an idea of the delightful absurdity of this movie add in a couple of dolphins that have seen 1 too many Lassie movies. Sprinkle it with sonar jamming rock music and Harvey Lemboeck. I defy anyone with an ounce of humor in their soul not to laugh at the silliness of this movie.

So what's the movie about? Okay if you MUST know, Tony Randall has invented an underwater home and to prove to his boss (Jim Backus) that living under water isn't a crazy idea Tony talks his family into moving into his invention for a month. Tony and Janet have 2 teenagers that are part of a rock band that's about to go big time thanks to record company owner and boy-genius Roddy McDowell, so naturally the entire band goes along for the ride including a lead guitarist played by Richard Dreyfus. You'll find Janet's "futuristic" kitchen quite amusing...as well as the idea that when the kids practice their rock music it jams Navy sonar! Oh, did I mention that Ken Barry is a conniving coworker of Tony's and who's trying to sabotage Tony's work and take his job??


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