The Silent Service (TV series)
|The Silent Service|
|Directed by||Jean Yarbrough|
|Starring||Thomas M. Dykers (host)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||78|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||California National Productions
Twin Dolphin Productions, Inc.
|Distributor||NBC Universal Television Distribution|
|Picture format||Black and white (1957–1958)|
|Original run||1957 – 1958|
The Silent Service was a 1957–1958 syndicated anthology television series based on actual events in the submarine section of the United States Navy. The Silent Service was narrated by Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, who retired from the Navy in 1949 after twenty-two years of service. He began each episode with this refrain: "Tonight, we bring you another thrilling episode of Silent Service stories, of warfare under the sea."
Many of the episodes focused on the history of specific submarines, including:
- USS Sculpin (SS-191)
- USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the first atomic submarine
- USS Perch (SS-176)
- USS Tang (SS-306)
- USS S-38 (SS-143)
- USS Tirante (SS-420)
- USS Bergall (SS-320)
- USS Spearfish (SS-190)
- USS Triton (SS-201)
- USS Wahoo (SS-238), and
- USS Gato (SS-212), subject of the series finale.
Actors appearing on The Silent Service included Russell Johnson, cast three times in the role of the character "Beach". DeForest Kelley and Leonard Nimoy appeared in two episodes each as Lieutenant Commander James Dempsey and as Sonarman, respectively. Jerry Paris and Liam Sullivan each guest starred twice. Wright King played "Bony" in the 1957 episode "The Squallfish". Eric Morris appeared in nineteen episodes, identified only as "Soldier".
The Silent Service was produced by California National Productions and Twin Dolphin Productions, Inc.