Hello Down There

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Hello Down There
(also known as "Sub-a-Dub-Dub")
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Directed by Jack Arnold
Ricou Browning
Produced by George Sherman
Ivan Tors
Written by Art Arthur
John McGreevey
Frank Telford
Ivan Tors
Starring Tony Randall
Janet Leigh
Jim Backus
Ken Berry
Roddy McDowall
Charlotte Rae
Music by Jeff Barry
Cinematography Clifford H. Poland Jr.
Edited by Erwin Dumbrille
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
1969 (1969)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Hello Down There is a 1969 musical comedy film made by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Jack Arnold and Ricou Browning and produced by George Sherman and Ivan Tors from a screenplay by John McGreevey and Frank Telford. It starred Tony Randall and Janet Leigh. The film was reissued in 1974 under the title Sub-a-Dub-Dub.


Fred Miller (Tony Randall) must prove that his new design for an underwater home is viable by convincing his family to live in it for thirty days. His son and daughter (Gary Tigerman & Kay Cole) are members of an emerging pop rock band (Richard Dreyfuss & Lou Wagner) whom they invite to live with them during the experiment. Their temporary home, which Miller dubs the "Green Onion," is 90 feet below the surface of the ocean and is filled with super-modern appliances and amenities for house-wife Vivian (Janet Leigh) all designed by Miller, and a hole in the floor providing direct access to the sea.

The group are soon joined by a live-in seal named Gladys and a pair of dolphins (Duke and Duchess) which stay close at hand and fend off unwanted sharks. They are confronted by many obstacles including a rival designer (Ken Berry) from Undersea Development Inc. who begins to cause problems for the inhabitants of the "Green Onion".[1]

Meanwhile, the band's single has gotten the attention of record executive Nate Ashbury (Roddy McDowall) who decides to sign them sight-unseen. He takes the liberty of booking them for an important television performance on The Merv Griffin Show without communicating with them first. After learning that they are inaccessible, he proves that he will go to great lengths to reach them since the show must go on. The band gets its airing, and the Navy is alerted by the sounds of the music coming from the sea. As naval fleets swarm in to investigate what must surely be a Communist plot, the movie abruptly ends.



  1. ^ Weiler, 1969.


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