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When the King of a small but friendly nation is assassinated, Seaview is assigned to take the young Crown Prince back home to assume his throne. Neither Nelson (who gets turned out of his own cabin) nor Crane are used to handling children. Help arrives in the form of a mysterious flute-playing old man who befriends the boy after he is picked up at sea.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x15
Production Number: 7211
Airdate: Monday December 21st, 1964

Guest Stars
Carroll OCarroll O'Connor
As Old John

Co-Guest Stars
Michael PateMichael Pate
As Colonel
Paul TrinkaPaul Trinka
As Patterson
Sara ShaneSara Shane
As Countess
Michel PetitMichel Petit
As Prince Ang
Jan ArvanJan Arvan
As Georges
Peter Adams (2)Peter Adams (2)
As Johnson
Main Cast
Richard BasehartRichard Basehart
As Adm. Harriman Nelson
David HedisonDavid Hedison
As Capt. Lee B. Crane
Henry KulkyHenry Kulky
As Chief Curley Jones
Robert DowdellRobert Dowdell
As LCDR Chip Morton
Del MonroeDel Monroe
As Kowalski
Who is Old John? The writers wisely did not reveal exactly who - or what - old John was, but they dropped a few hints, not the least of which was the time setting of the show (note the original airdate). Viewers are meant to believe he is a supernatural being, and the choice to which they are guided is Santa Claus. The appearance is approximately right, and Nelson makes a point of noting they discovered him near Christmas Island. But we never know for certain who he is, or why he intervened in the young Prince's life.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorIrwin Allen
ProducerIrwin Allen
Associate ProducerAllan Balter
Music EditorHarry Eisen
Music SupervisorLionel Newman
Set DecoratorWalter M. Scott  |  Norman Rockett
Production AssistantPaul Zastupnevich
Production CoordinatorHal Herman
Post Production SupervisorGeorge E. Swink
Director of PhotographyWinton C. Hoch
Story EditorWilliam Welch
Art DirectorJack Martin Smith  |  William J. Creber
Post Production CoordinatorRobert Mintz
Production ManagerGaston Glass
Film EditorRoland Gross
Assistant DirectorJack Stubbs
Executive In Charge Of ProductionWilliam Self (2)
Supervising Music EditorLeonard A. Engel
Theme MusicPaul Sawtell
Special Photographic EffectsL.B. Abbott
Supervising Sound Effects EditorRalph Hickey
Associate Story EditorAl Gail
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