The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Thirty-Fathom Grave 

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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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 ...
Helmsman
Vincent Baggetta ...
Sailor (as Vince Bagetta)
Louie Elias ...
Sailor
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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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10 January 1963 (USA)  »

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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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U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officers typically address each other by their first name, not by their rank due in large part to the bond they all share in the Chiefs Mess. It's highly unlikely that the Doc, who is also a Chief would have addressed Chief Bell by his rank. He would have addressed him by his first name. 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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Eerie Episode
6 July 2006 | by (Louisville, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

This episode remains in my memory as one of the most eerie of all. It was well suited to the one hour format that was alloted to Serling for one year's worth of the show. The story concerns a sailor from WWII who is a career military man and still serving in the early 60's. A submarine sunk during the war, of which he was the sole surviving crew member, is discovered by sonar. A strange banging noise has brought the sunken hulk to the attention of the sonar operator. The sole survivor, recognizing his shipmates are all still sealed up in the wreck, becomes convinced that the tapping sound is their ghosts reaching out, as it were, from the grave for him. As always, Serling plays up the psychological aspects to the hilt. It is, in my estimation, the best of the one hour episodes, with an eerie Serling conclusion.


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