The Twilight Zone: Season 4, Episode 2

The Thirty-Fathom Grave (10 Jan. 1963)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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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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Mike Kellin ...
Chief Bell
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Captain Beecham
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Doc
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McClure
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OOD
Conlan Carter ...
Ensign Marmer
Forrest Compton ...
ASW Officer
Henry Scott ...
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Anthony D. Call ...
Lee Helmsman (as Tony Call)
Charles Kuenstle ...
Sonar Operator
Derrik Lewis ...
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Vincent Baggetta ...
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Louie Elias ...
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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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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 »

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"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 »

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[closing narration]
Narrator: Small naval engagement, the month of April 1963. Not to be found in any historical annals. Look for this one filed under 'H' for haunting - in the Twilight Zone.
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Ghost story starts after half an hour of nothing.
30 January 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

This hour long entry is very dull early on with irritating tautology in the dialogue. It only comes to 'life' at around thirty minutes in. Its at that point you'll see some eerie imagery. So for half an hour you can make the coffee, put the pizza in the oven, let the dog out the back garden etc, and all you need to know of the plot by then is the hammering sounds that are puzzling the Captain and crew.

The Captain (Simon Oakland) becomes aware that Bell (Mike Kellin-overacting) is not himself just lately. Bell is haunted by something as the hammering sounds continue to perplex the men on board.

There are some effective ghost story elements that stand the test of time, but the pace of this episode doesn't. TZ should have always been the intended half hour.


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