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The Atomic Submarine (1959)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 29 November 1959 (USA)
Ships mysteriously disappear on route across the Arctic Sea, and a specially-equipped submarine is sent to investigate.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lt. Cmdr. Richard 'Reef' Holloway
... Cmdr. Dan Wendover
... Dr. Carl Neilson Jr.
... Sir Ian Hunt
Paul Dubov ... Lt. David Milburn
... CPO 'Grif' Griffin
... Dr. Clifford Kent
... Julie
... Adm. Terhune
... Justin Murdock
Jean Moorhead ... Helen Milburn
Richard Tyler ... Frogman Carney
Kenneth Becker ... Frogman Powell (as Ken Becker)
... Yeoman Chester Tuttle
Frank Watkins ... Watkins
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In the far and distant future of 1968, many ships and planes are crossing the North pole to transport passengers and cargo. However lately more than eight ships and seven submarines have vanished mysteriously. The Tigershark is sent out to investigate their whereabouts and - if possible - remove the cause of their disappearance. But the life form Commander Vandover and his crew encounter may be too powerful even for their weapons of newest technology... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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"Our fleet of atomic submarines has disappeared!" See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 November 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Atomic Sub  »

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Budget:

$135,000 (estimated)
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(Ryder Sound Services)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The trailer for this Allied Artists release played down the science fiction elements and made it look more like a military action film. See more »

Goofs

The Magnetic North Pole is not located under the Geographic North Pole, which is where the UFO returns in the film to "recharge its batteries" from the Earth's magnetic field. Science had acknowledged this at least two decades before 1959, which was when the film had been released. More current maps show it shifting a bit to the north of Canada. See more »

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Narrator: It was foolish. It was insane. It was fantastic.
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Cyclopic Submarine
23 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

8 out of 10 for effort in the category of lo-budget Sci-Fi Tomfoolery.

What can I say… old "B" grade sci-fi films from the 50's and 60's are really fun to watch. This one is favorite of mine; I'll watch it over and over again. Somehow these movies re-ignite childhood memories of Saturday afternoons at the show or late night TV popcorn fests. Sure they're stinkers, but the odor they emit is as evocative as an exotic fragrance that stimulates half-forgotten memories.

Lots of stock footage; voice-over narration; maps with squiggly chase routes; a solid cast of character actors; cheap, but eerie and imaginative effects… all earmarks of the trashy Drive-in and Matinée fare. Remember "Double Features" or "Triple Features"? Movies like "Atomic Submarine" were the Chinese takeout menu of the 50's cinema scene – quick and filling, but not much else!

If you like ATOMIC SUBMARINE, you'll also like KRONOS; IT, THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE; TARGET EARTH; THE CRAWLING EYE; FIEND WITHOUT A FACE; I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE; THE BRAIN EATERS; THE CURSE OF THE FLY along with many others too numerous to mention. All flawed by their cheapness, but remembered for a few minutes of imaginative storytelling.


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