Friday, July 6, 2012

CAPTAIN FATHOM / New Vistas Productions - 1955

It's Friday Fifties Adventure Theater with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. Our offering is a TV movie from 1955, and, cousin to HERE COMES TOBOR produced a few years later. It stars Don (CREATION OF THE HUMANOIDS) Megowan and Kenneth (IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA) Toby.

Eegah!! has given us a cool little soundclip, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button there next to the banana peel, NOW, Rufus The Gnat!.. Here's a sample of sounds from... CAPTAIN FATHOM!

In the soundclip the narrator says... "This is an underwater craft propelled by atomic power. Call her "The Explorer" and you know her purpose. Few have seen her, less have been on her, but many have either gained or suffered because of her. "The Explorer" is no ordinary submarine and her skipper is no ordinary man. His name is only known to a few - Captain Fathom!" I really dig the sub, not sure if it was ever used in any other productions, it doesn't look familiar.

It's just another day at the office for these handsome modern-day underwater adventure seekers. Kenneth Toby has just come back from a surveillance mission and could use a towel. Apparently, the number of horizontal stripes on your t-shirt designates your rank!

What a treat, Barbara Wilson plays photographer Carol Barclay. Barbara was also in THE MAN WHO TURNED TO STONE, TEENAGE DOLL, BLOOD OF DRACULA, INVASION OF THE ANIMAL PEOPLE and was the bikini babe who got her top ripped off by Freddy at the beginning of THE FLESH EATERS!

They get all suited up in the latest hi-tech diving gear, then, go play in the kiddie pool!

They go exploring, there has been a radiation anomaly detected in this area! I like pic 2.

Here's a little homage paid to fifties hardware/equipment design...

They find a bomb on the ocean floor and attach a detonation charge to it! I like pic 2.

I don't get it, what was it going to do, blow up?

To increase the tension for the kids watching the show, the divers have to share their air in order to get back to the safety of the sub!

Alright, way to go Barbara! She was soooo beautiful in INVASION OF THE ANIMAL PEOPLE, a talented ice skater, too!


Davy Jones said...

This whole story line is difficult to fathom!

Dr. Theda said...

Reminds me of early "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea"....

Anonymous said...

I spoke to Barbara Wilson in the early 1980s, and she didn't have a whole lot to say about the films she did, but she was pleasant enough to chat with. -KD

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