The model and interior sets of the submarine cost producer Irwin Allen $400,000, so he was naturally quite keen to get some further use out of them. Since the film was a hit, he was able to convince ABC-TV to turn it into a series, which became the longest-running one he ever had.
The crew of the Seaview , the world’s first privately owned nuclear submarine, explores oceans and seeks answers to the world’s problems. They encounter espionage, environmental catastrophe, nuclear doomsday scenarios, and more than their share of undersea monsters.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is a 1964–1968 American science fiction television series based on the 1961 film of the same name. Both were created by Irwin Allen, which enabled the film’s sets, costumes, props, special effects models, and sometimes footage, to be used in the production of the television series. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was the first of Irwin Allen’s four science fiction television series (the three others being Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel, and Land of the Giants), and the longest-running. The show’s theme was underwater adventure.
Voyage was broadcast on ABC from September 14, 1964, to March 31, 1968, and was the decade’s longest-running American science fiction television series with continuing characters. The 110 episodes produced included 32 shot in black-and-white (1964–1965), and 78 filmed in color (1965–1968). The first two seasons took place in the then-future of the 1970s. The final two seasons took place in the 1980s. The show starred Richard Basehart and David Hedison.
Classic TV Theme: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
The series’ main theme, “The Seaview Theme”, was written by Paul Sawtell. A new darker, more serious theme composed by Jerry Goldsmith was introduced at the beginning of the second-season episode “Jonah and the Whale”, but this was quickly replaced by the original version. A version of the Goldsmith suite re-orchestrated by Nelson Riddle was heard as incidental music in the episode “Escape From Venice”, and the original Goldsmith suite was used as incidental music throughout the rest of the series. The series’ main composer, supervisor and conductor was Lionel Newman, who for the second season composed a serious sounding score for when the episode credits (episode title/guests/writer/director) were shown just after the theme song, which would be used by many episodes (starting with “The Left Handed Man”) thru the second and into the early third season. Other guest composers included Lennie Hayton, Hugo Friedhofer, Star Trek: The Original Series composer Alexander Courage, Morton Stevens, Leith Stevens (no relation) who wrote the music to nine episodes, and Sawtell, who worked on the show for a while in the first season.
GNP Crescendo issued a soundtrack album in 1997 as part of its series tying into the documentary The Fantasy Worlds Of Irwin Allen, featuring Sawtell’s theme from the series and his score for the pilot episode “Eleven Days To Zero” (tracks 2–6) and Goldsmith’s work for “Jonah and the Whale.”
- Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Main Title (:29)
- Murderous Pursuit (2:54)
- Ocean Floor Search/Squid Fight (5:34)
- Solid Ice (1:48)
- Lost/Job Well Done (3:35)
- End Title (The Seaview Theme) (:40)
- Jonah and the Whale (Main Title) (:30)
- A Whale of a Whale/Thar She Blows/A Whale of a Time/The Second Dive (4:23)
- A Meal Fit for a Whale/Crash Dive/Sub Narcotics (4:18)
- Collision Course I/Collision Course II/Diving Party/Going Down (4:44)
- Home Free Part I/Home Free Part II (3:58)
- Jonah and the Whale (End Credit) (:50)
The design of the “Seaview” model took full advantage of hydrodynamics. In the the underwater scenes, it was simply pushed into frame by an off camera diver and allowed to glide freely by itself. This made the scenes quite realistic, although in one it can be seen losing momentum and arcing downward a tiny bit just as the scene cuts. In surface scenes, it was pulled by thin wires.
Barbara Eden dance scene in the MOVIE VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (1961)
Barbara Eden and Howard McNear will appear together again a year later on “The Andy Griffith Show”, in the episode “The Manicurist”.
“Seaview’s” glass nose was originally to be two-stories but budgetary restraints didn’t allow for it. In Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964)’s second season, the model was altered to have two large forward view ports rather than the eight small ones on the movie and first season version. The second story of the nose wasn’t actually constructed but a new hatch in the floor indicated that the second story was the Flying Sub bay. The underside of the nose was also quite different. It featured a new bulge with huge hangar-like doors for launching the Flying Sub.
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