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The Twilight Zone: The Thirty-Fathom Grave

A submarine sunk 20 years earlier is apparently emitting sounds which haunt a man who believes he is responsible for its sinking.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x2
Production Number: 4857
Airdate: Thursday January 10th, 1963

Director: Perry Lafferty
Writer: Rod Serling

Guest Stars
Henry ScottHenry Scott
As Jr. O.O.D.
Simon OaklandSimon Oakland
As Captain Beecham
Anthony D. CallAnthony D. Call
As Lee Helmsman
Bill BixbyBill Bixby
As O.O.D.
Charles KuenstleCharles Kuenstle
As Sonar Operator
Conlan CarterConlan Carter
As Ensign Marmer
Derrik LewisDerrik Lewis
As Helmsman
Forrest ComptonForrest Compton
As ASW Officer
John ConsidineJohn Considine
As McClure
Louie EliasLouie Elias
As Sailor #2
Mike KellinMike Kellin
As Chief Bell
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


Captain Beecham and his crew are investigating a sunken submarine, when they pick up a tapping sound coming from inside it. Chief Bell sees the ghosts of young seamen in the corridor, and he confesses to the ship's doctor that he was on that sub, and was responsible for it's sinking. He then jumps overboard and drowns. Later, a diver reports that a section of periscope was loose and was the source of the tapping noise. However, one of the ghosts was seen holding a hammer in his hand. ..

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Episode Notes
Bill Bixby was best known for starring in such TV series as The Incredible Hulk.

Mike Kellin would later star in the movie Midnight Express.

Henry Scott is also in "The Big Tall Wish."

Simon Oakland was also in "The Rip Van Winkle Caper."

In a Twilight Zone moment, Mike Kellin, who portrayed Chief Bell died on August 11, 1983. The ship used for the exterior shots, The Mighty Max, was decommissioned just 2-short weeks later on, August 26, 1983.

The number used on the submarine was 714, which the Navy did not use till 1979, when the commission for construction of the USS NORFOLK SSN714 was given.

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Incident one hundred miles off the coast of Guadalcanal. Time: the present. The United States naval destroyer on what has been a most uneventful cruise. In a moment, they're going to send a man down thirty fathoms to check on a noise maker--someone or something tapping on metal. You may or may not read the results in a naval report, because Captain Beecham and his crew have just set a course that will lead this ship and everyone on it into the Twilight Zone.

Closing Narration
Small naval engagement, the month of April, 1963. Not to be found in any historical annals. Look for this one file under 'H' for haunting--in the Twilight Zone.

Episode Goofs
In the long shots they show the U.S.S. Mullinnix (DD944) not the U.S.S. Edson (DD946) which is on the jackets.

When Beecham is telling Bell that the sinking of the sub wasn't his fault, you can see on the shots of his face that his hair is combed back, off of his forehead. But on the shots of him from behind you can clearly some hair hanging down.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
Associate ProducerMurray Golden
EditorRichard W. Farrell
Set DecoratorHenry Grace  |  Don Greenwood, Jr.
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorJohn J. Thompson  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton  |  Joe Edmondson
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Assistant DirectorJohn D. Bloss
Assistant To The DirectorJohn Conwell
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