Hello Down There
|Hello Down There|
|Directed by||Jack Arnold
|Produced by||George Sherman
|Written by||John McGreevey
|Story by||Ivan Tors
|Music by||Jeff Barry|
|Cinematography||Clifford H. Poland Jr.|
|Edited by||Erwin Dumbrille|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|June 25, 1969|
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.
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".
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.
- Tony Randall as Fred Miller
- Janet Leigh as Vivian Miller
- Jim Backus as T.R. Hollister
- Ken Berry as Mel Cheever
- Roddy McDowall as Nate Ashbury
- Charlotte Rae as Myrtle Ruth
- Richard Dreyfuss as Harold Webster
- Kay Cole as Lorrie Miller
- Gary Tigerman as Tommie Miller
- Lou Wagner as Marvin Webster
- Bruce Gordon as Adm. Sheridan
- Frank Schuller as Alan Briggs
- Arnold Stang as Jonah
- Harvey Lembeck as Sonarman
- Merv Griffin as Himself
- Henny Backus as Mrs. Webster
- Pat Henning as Reilly
- Jay Laskay as Philo
- Bud Hoey as Mr. Webster
- Charles Martin as Chief Petty Officer
- Frank Logan as Captain
- Andy Jarrell as Radioman
- Lora Kaye as Secretary
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.
"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. A search on iTunes also comes up with only the movie for rent or sale. The soundtrack is listed in its entirety on IMDB, 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|
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.