Comparatively speaking, maybe "The Italian Connection" wasn't so ridiculous after all! It's time for another Saturday Night Special in The Dungeon, and a Danke Grande to my Pal in Berlin Lord Litter for turning me on to this wild thing!
This was Season 4, Episode 2 of "Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea," and it was called "The Deadly Dolls." I think it might just be one of the weirdest TV shows I've ever seen.
There's a puppet show going on to entertain the crew of the Seaview before it heads back out to sea!
The puppeteer is none other than Vincent Price as Professor Multiple!
The crew is really enjoying the stupid show a lot!
Professor Multiple claims these were the puppets in the show, and that he has just wiped off their makeup! Trust me, you're going to need a lot of imagination if you want this to seem real at all!
The Professor is supposed to disembark the ship, but he distracts the Captain, and sneaks away and hides!
For some reason, the faceless puppets have been dumped in this closet!
Wait a minute, that one puppet that looks like Admiral Nelson is really alive!
It just gets even weirder from here!
This is where it gets really strange. The faceless puppets have all turned into exact replicates of the crew members, and the real crew has been put to sleep. Even the Captain now has a double, but he hasn't been put to sleep yet!
Now if it wasn't weird enough just to see Vincent Price aboard the Seaview, how about seeing Vincent Price walking around with a puppet of Admiral Nelson on his shoulder? That's just a very odd image in my book!
The Professor was once a puppet too, and he and his whole team are from outer space, and are being controlled by one giant psychedelic light show machine!
The Admiral Nelson puppet is a mean little bastard, and he can just disappear and reappear in the blink of an eye. They can't shoot him because he's a puppet, and how can you kill something that is not alive? At least that's the story!
Here's the boss who is pulling all the strings in the background!
I mean seriously, WTF!?
This is sillier looking than "The Man With Two Heads!"
It's a good thing that the Seaview has a lot of air ducts the Captain can use to get away from these fools!
And having access to a flame thrower is a good deal too!
You can't shoot them, but you can burn them. You would think that dying was dying. If the damn thing wasn't alive then how does burning it up have any affect?
Credibility is not a factor here!
The doll's arm around Vincent's neck is the kicker!
This is just an image I don't think I could have even ever imagined on my own!
"What shall we do with them now?"
The Admiral says "Burn 'Em!"
The Seaview remains the boss of the ocean! Ain't no puppets gonna take over the world just yet. Maybe tomorrow, but for today, we're still safe!
If you would like to see this masterpiece of silliness yourself, "The Deadly Dolls" can be found at The Internet Archive (But it's a crappy copy that's cropped all weird), or on YouTube (But it has English sub-titles you can't turn off, even though it's in English), or I ended up watching it on Daily Motion, but there were more commercials than the original TV show had, and they didn't even add them where the original ads were placed.
Those are your three free choices, enjoy and have fun!!!