The Silent Service TV Series
Many of us (well, at least those over say, 55) remember The Silent Service
TV Series from the 1950's (1956-58). Rear Admiral Thomas Dykers, wartime skipper of USS Jack
, was behind the series, and introduces the episodes.
Thanks to the heroic efforts of Ray "Olgoat" Stone, retired Chief Torpedoman and submariner extraordinaire and his AFTER BATTERY web site, the episodes are available to either view or download for later viewing (MP4 files).
Go here: http://www.olgoat.com/silentserv/dnld.html
The shows are divided into two series, and you can download and save episodes. These are the TV Shows that inspired such SubCommittee luminaries as Bill Lambing to join and serve in the submarine service! (OKay, I made that up...)
I can remember the opening sequence like it was yesterday. A film of the Pickerel
making a steep emergency surface off of Hawaii. Only later did I learn that this was a postwar Guppy
conversion, and WWII fleet boats never came out that steep or that fast. But that brief, really cool film clip lived on in my memory for 50+ years! Now I have it back....
BTW, several actors who would become better known in later years appear in the series...
For example:Dammit, Jim, I'm a sub commander, not a doctor!
And long before he got lost on Gilligan's Isle
, Russell Johnson, The Professor, played Ned Beach