In the early 1960's, as a U.S. Navy ship cruises near Guadalcanal in the South Pacific, its sonar detects muted hammering on metal undersea. The eerie sounds emanate from a submarine on the...
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In the early 1960's, as a U.S. Navy ship cruises near Guadalcanal in the South Pacific, its sonar detects muted hammering on metal undersea. The eerie sounds emanate from a submarine on the ocean floor, maybe there since World War II. A very nervous crew member (Mike Kellin) on the ship served aboard that sub - and he was its sole survivor. Written by
The exterior shots of the ship used in this episode were of the The "Mighty Mux" USS MULLINNIX DD-944, A Forrest Sherman class destroyer. The interior shots were done on board the USS-Edson DD946. See more »
"Doc" Matthews is an NCO corpsman. A ship large enough to be commanded by an officer of staff rank (like Beecham, who wears the insignia of a commander or lieutenant commander) would have a surgeon of commissioned officer rank. See more »
Incident one hundred miles off the coast of Guadalcanal. Time: the present. The United States naval destroyer on what has been a most uneventful cruise. In a moment, they're going to send a man down thirty fathoms and check on a noisemaker - someone or something tapping on metal. You may or may not read the results in a naval report, because Captain Beecham and his crew have just set a course that will lead this ship and everyone on it - into The Twilight Zone.
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Second episode in the newly imposed hour-long format is a prime example of its limitations: Story involves a U.S. Navy destroyer in the South Pacific that makes sonar contact with a long-sunken submarine that seems to have an inexplicable hammering come from inside it. This news greatly troubles Chief Bell(played by Mike Kellin) who it turns out was the sole survivor from that sub back in World War II, but he has a secret that he may literally take to that thirty-fathom grave... Costars Simon Oakland as the Captain, and an early appearance by future star Bill Bixby("The Incredible Hulk") Plot has a great deal of potential, but is hurt by obvious padding like too much exposition about what could be down there. Still, this succeeds as an eerie ghost story, with fine acting, but at 25 minutes, would have been a classic...
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