July 12, 1961 in US cinemas: Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea

“Voyage To Amazing Atomic Adventure…On Land…In Outer Space…And Under The Sea!”

When the Earth is threatened by a burning Van Allen Radiation Belt, US Navy Admiral Harriman Nelson plans to shoot a nuclear missile at the Belt using his experimental atomic submarine, the Seaview. [IMDb]

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is an American science fiction film, produced and directed by Irwin Allen, released by 20th Century Fox in 1961. The story was written by Irwin Allen and Charles Bennett. Walter Pidgeon starred as Admiral Harriman Nelson, with Robert Sterling as Captain Lee Crane. The supporting cast included Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden, Michael Ansara, and Peter Lorre. The theme song was sung by Frankie Avalon, who also appeared in the film.

The success of the film led to the 1964–1968 television version on ABC, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. During the run of the series this film was remade as a one-hour episode. The episode was written by Willam Welch and was titled “The Sky’s on Fire.” No mention is made in the episode of the skyfire ever happening before. This is one of several reasons that proves the film is not part of the television series’ continuity. Many of the scenes in the film became scenes or even episodes in the television series. [Wikipedia]

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