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Audaciously kidnapped from a plane in mid-air, Nelson finds himself one of a group of captives on a remote island, waiting to be used as pawn in a plot by Nazis still trying to conquer the world. He's one of several scientists who will be expected to work for the new Fourth Reich! It doesn't take them long to build a radio and signal to Seaview -- but maybe that was exactly what the bad guys expected him to do!


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x17
Production Number: 7220
Airdate: Monday January 04th, 1965

Director: Felix Feist
Writer: Robert Hamner


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Guest Stars
John van Dreelen
As Schroder
Joe De Santis
As Miklos
Rudy Solari
As Tomas

Co-Guest Stars
Eric Feldary
As Deiner
Dayton Lummis
As Reinhardt
Ben Wright
As Brewster

Uncredited
Arch Whiting
As Sparks
Recurring
Main Cast
Richard Basehart
As Adm. Harriman Nelson
David Hedison
As Capt. Lee B. Crane
Robert Dowdell
As LCDR Chip Morton
Episode Notes
Nelson mentions that the world has been chasing the Nazis for thirty years. This is consistent with the calender in the previous episode Hail to the Chief, which revealed that the series takes place in 1973 - 28 years after the fall of the Third Reich.

Schroder calls himself "Standartenführer". This, along with his uniform (and specifically the sinister Totenkopf, or Death's Head, cap insignia) reveal that he was a member of the Schutzstaffel, or SS. This paramilitary organization was essentially Hitler's private army and was responsible for the bulk of World War II atrocities.



Analysis
It seems that every television series made in this era had to have at least one episode featuring Nazi villains. Even Star Trek did it. Of course, in 1965 the horrors of that war and of Nazism were much fresher. And the world was still chasing down Nazis who'd fled the country once it became apparent that the Third Reich wasn't going to last anything like as long as Hitler predicted, making this type of story somewhat more credible. As such stories go, this one held together better than most, with a chillingly believable villain and a plot that, while hackneyed now (it's been done twice by the James Bond franchise, for example) was fresh then.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorIrwin Allen
ProducerIrwin Allen
Associate ProducerAllan Balter
Unit Production ManagerHal Herman
Music EditorHarry Eisen
Music SupervisorLionel Newman
Set DecoratorWalter M. Scott  |  Robert De Vestel
Production AssistantPaul Zastupnevich
Post Production SupervisorGeorge E. Swink
Director of PhotographyWinton C. Hoch
Story EditorWilliam Welch
Art DirectorJack Martin Smith
Post Production CoordinatorRobert Mintz
Production ManagerGaston Glass
Film EditorJames Baiotto
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
Supervising Film EditorRoland Gross
 
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