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 »
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
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 »
"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 »
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?