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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)

With the Earth threatened by a blazing radiation belt, the inventor of a new nuclear submarine must make a difficult decision if the world is to be saved.

Walter Pidgeon and Joan Fontaine are top billed in this entertaining sci-fi outing, but the real star is the submarine Seaview.


Accounting for $400,000 of the picture’s budget, the glass-fronted nuclear vessel went on to star in its own TV series following its exploits here, as admiral Pidgeon fires its missiles into the Van Allen radiation belt and saves Earth from meltdown.

Fontaine is totally out of her depth, but Peter Lorre and the rest of the supporting cast are splendid.

Co-writer/producer/director Irwin Allen went on to become the king of the disaster movie in the early 1970s, as the creative force behind such films as The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and The Towering Inferno (1974).

Admiral Harriman Nelson
Walter Pidgeon
Dr Susan Hiller
Joan Fontaine
Cathy Connors
Barbara Eden
Commodore Lucius Emery
Peter Lorre
Capt Lee Crane
Robert Sterling
Miguel Alvarez
Michael Ansara
Chip Romano
Frankie Avalon
Dr Jamieson
Regis Toomey
Admiral Crawford
John Litel
Congressman Parker
Howard McNear
Dr Zucco
Henry Daniell

Irwin Allen