The Silent Service (1957-58)

the silent service

Excellent anthology series about the Navy’s submarine fleet in World War II and Korea. There’s real combat footage mixed in. The stories are based on actual incidents.

Opening episode: April 5,1957 – “The Jack Of Tokyo” – Hosted by Admiral Thomas Dykers it tells the story of the Jack on a mission into the waters outside Tokyo and its mission to destroy Japanese war ships.

After firing off a torpedo the sub is attacked by depth charges. It looks like they dodged them but a small leak has developed. The sub gets out of harms way but a convoy is approaching. Instead of running for home the Captain decides to stay in deep waters and repair the leak.

The only person small enough to crawl into the pipe to try and find it his Machinist Mate Archer. The suspense builds as the convoy has the Jack bracketed. It’s a tight squeeze for Archer but he thinks he’s found the source.

There’s a rush to repair it as the convoy closes in. They manage to fix the leak and fire torpedos at the convoy. They hit three ships but the fourth is headed straight towards them. All of a sudden a plane fires at them and does some damage. The ship is closing in and they have to dive deeper than the sub was designed for.

The show is done with good suspense and without resorting to “clever” one liners or hysterics. It’s a real nice touch at the very end when the real Archer is brought out and Dykers reveals something else..


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3 Responses to The Silent Service (1957-58)

  1. Jack says:

    Reblogged this on The Missal.

  2. Joseph Nebus says:

    And it inspired, or at least was name-checked, in Bob Newhart’s classic routine The Cruise Of The USS Codfish!

  3. vintage45 says:

    I’m now inspired to get out my Button Down mind albums..”And all I got was this crummy watch.”

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