Hello Down There

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Hello Down There
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Directed by Jack Arnold
Ricou Browning
Produced by George Sherman
Ivan Tors
Written by John McGreevey
Frank Telford
Story by Ivan Tors
Art Arthur
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
Production
company
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
June 25, 1969 (1969-06-25)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Hello Down There (re-release title: Sub-A-Dub-Dub) is a 1969 American comedy-adventure film made by Paramount Pictures starring Tony Randall and Janet Leigh about a family living in an underwater house. It was directed by Jack Arnold and Ricou Browning (underwater sequences), produced by George Sherman and Ivan Tors from a screenplay written by John McGreevey and Frank Telford. The film was re-released in 1974 under the title Sub-A-Dub-Dub as part of the "Paramount Family Matinee" series.

Plot[edit]

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 30 days. His son and daughter (Gary Tigerman and Kay Cole) are members of an emerging pop rock band (Richard Dreyfuss and 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 will disruptly end.

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Production[edit]

Hello Down There was filmed from October to December 1967 with interior scenes shot at Ivan Tors Studios (now known as Greenwich Studios) in Miami, Florida and underwater sequences were photographed at Ivan Tors Underwater Studios in The Bahamas.

Music Soundtrack[edit]

"Hello Down There" and "Little Goldfish" are among the movie's soundtrack. Unfortunately, the soundtrack cannot currently be purchased. A search on Amazon only brings up the movie. A search on OST displays the soundtrack, but the links resolve to unfound music on Amazon's website.[2] A search on iTunes also comes up with only the movie for rent or sale.[3] The soundtrack is listed in its entirety on IMDB,[4] giving credit to the performers as "Harold and the Hangs Up" (Harold is the name of the boy, played by Richard Dreyfuss, who is the lead singer of the band in the movie).

Song Name Lyrics By Music By Performed by
Hello, Down There Jeff Barry Jeff Barry Jeff Barry
I Can Love You Sam Coslow Arthur Johnson Harold and the Hang-Ups
Hey, Little Goldfish Sam Coslow Arthur Johnston Harold and the Hang-Ups
Glub Sam Coslow Arthur Johnston Harold and the Hang-Ups
Just One More Chance Sam Coslow Arthur Johnston Harold and the Hang-Ups w/Tony Randall

DVD releases[edit]

Hello Down There was released on DVD in Region 1 by Paramount Pictures on February 22, 2005. The film was made available to purchase as a "burn-on-demand" DVD-R through the online Warner Bros. Archive Collection on June 25, 2013.

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