The Silent Service (TV series)

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The Silent Service
Format Drama anthology
Directed by Jean Yarbrough
Starring Thomas M. Dykers (host)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 78[1]
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) California National Productions
Twin Dolphin Productions, Inc.
Distributor NBC Universal Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel Syndication
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.[2] 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:

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".[2]

Other guest stars included Joe Conley, Mike Connors, Lawrence Dobkin, Ron Hagerthy, Adam Kennedy, Robert Knapp, Paul Richards, Bing Russell, Craig Stevens, Dennis Weaver, and Stuart Whitman.[3]

The Silent Service was produced by California National Productions and Twin Dolphin Productions, Inc.[2]

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A similar syndicated offering, Men of Annapolis, aired during the same season and focused on stories about fictitious midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

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