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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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 ...
Jr. OOD
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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The ship's hull number in the opening, exterior shot is DD-944, in the next scene it is DD-946. 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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A Classic Ghost Story
21 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this episode about fifty years ago and when I finally watched it again, it all came back to me. This is a wonderful ghost story. It takes place aboard a Naval destroyer where strange pounding sounds are picked up on sonar. This is puzzling. They seem to be coming from a submarine, lying at the bottom of the ocean. It had been sunk twenty years earlier, yet it seems that there is someone alive in there. A diver is sent to investigate and after two tries he identifies the number. Meanwhile, another plot is going on. A career Navy man is experiencing great anxiety which is affecting his performance on the ship. He is irrational and hallucinatory. He is under psychological care. He claims to have seen a group of sailors, soaked and covered in seaweed, beckoning him to join them. Of course, no one else can see them. This sets up a conclusion which is classic Rod Serling. Yes, it isn't all that surprising, considering the circumstances, but it is a very satisfying episode. The acting is quite good and the suspense builds well. A full hour may have been a bit long, but it didn't bother me as much as others.


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