Twilight Zone: Season 4, Episode 2

The Thirty-Fathom Grave (10 Jan. 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" The Thirty-Fathom Grave (original title)

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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... See full summary »

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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 David Stevens

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A fathom originally was measured by a man's outstretched arms, and was later standardized as 6 feet in the universal English system. Therefore the title translates as "The 180-foot Grave." See more »

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The diver uses a diving helmet with an oxygen hose. By 1962, the year this episode was made, the US Navy had phased out such antiquated diving equipment in favor of aqualungs. See more »

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Chief Bell: They're calling muster on me!
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deja-vu
7 January 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

As the story slowly (very slowly...) unfolded, i had an vague impression of deja-vu. strange, the fourth season has never been aired in France, so it couldn't be one of those episodes i saw long ago...

After some important element of the plot was revealed, i knew why i had this feeling.

The writing of the story is accredited to Rod Serling, but i think it should be better to only acknowledge him the screenplay writing. The story in itself can be read in a short story untitled "The eyes of the dead", written in 1927 by Irish politician, writer and teacher Daniel Corkery (1878–1964).

I've been a huge fan of Serling's work until today. Now i wonder how many of his stories have been similarly "borrowed".


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