CTVA Military - "The Silent Service" (California National/Syndicated)(1957-59) Host Rear Admiral (ret.) Thomas M. Dykers

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The Silent Service (1957-59)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Rina Fox, Tom Alger, Dale Weiss, John Ellis Hoyt S. Greeson, Jr. (retired)
Dept. of English, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
<hgreeson@nickel.laurentian.ca> (ep. #56 "The Cavalla Story")
References:

TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive / Writers Guild of America (wga)


The Silent Service (season 1) (Syndicated) (1957)
The Silent Service (season 2) (Syndicated) (1958)
The Silent Service (Unknown Episodes/AKAs)
The Silent Service (Feedback)

California National Presentation
Twin Dolphins Productions, Inc.
for
First-Run Syndication
Executive Producer, Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, U.S.N. (retired)
Produced by George M. Cahan, Dorrell McGowan

US Forces Anthology series 1957-59  78 episodes x 30 min bw

Host/Narrator
Rear Admiral (ret.) Thomas M. Dykers

Premise:
Re-creations of true-life submarine adventures

  *Russell Johnson appeared on 3 episodes of "The Silent Service"

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From: Malcolm McDonald (mcdon41@bellsouth.net)
26 December 2007

The USS Bowfin Museum and Mini-theater is located near the USS Arizona Memorial
in Honolulu, HI. It has about 50 of the TV series, "The Silent Service".
The following is from their website concerning the episode on the USS Bowfin
(SS-287) and one of its officers, John Raney Bertrand. Incidentally, Bertrand
also wrote the manuscript for the episode.
See below: Indoor Exhibits Mini Theatre The Mini-Theater Features Submarine Videos
NBC-TV granted USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park permission to feature its 1960s
classic television series "The Silent Service" in the Park's new mini-theater,
which was built with grants from the Robert E. Black Memorial Foundation and the
Atherton Family Foundation and opened in November 1994. Bowfin Park has more than
50 episodes of this classic TV series in its collection. These 30-minute submarine
adventures are based on actual WWII patrol events and intertwine authentic WWII
film footage with dramatized scenes. Some of the names and facts have been changed
to protect the classified missions, but each episode retains the adventure of the
actual war patrol. Although the USS Sawfish (SS-276) was the submarine used for
filming these adventures, several different submarines' war patrols were relived
through this series. This classic collection includes an episode featuring USS
Bowfin (SS-287) on her second war patrol under the command of LCDR Walter T. Griffith.
The episode portrays the story of officer John Bertrand (photo, right) and his
experiences and fears as a new officer. It is based on a manuscript titled
"The Seasick Texas Submariner," written by Bertrand himself. Bowfin Park's
Mini-Theater features a 78-inch-wide screen and seats approximately 40 visitors.
The Bowfin episode is shown every hour on the hour from 0900 to 1600, and episodes
featuring USS Tang (SS-306) and USS Wahoo (SS-238) are alternately shown on the half
hour from 0930 to 1630. Officer John R Bertrand
Dr. Bertrand served as president of Berry College, near Rome, Georgia, from 1956 to 1980.
I remember watching the Bowfin episode at a college mid-week student assembly in 1960
and feeling the extreme sense of pride that our college president had served so
honorably in "The Silent Service". He was a real Texas gentleman and a superbly effective leader.

From: Malcolm McDonald (mcdon41@bellsouth.net) 26 December 2007

The Silent Service (season 1) (Syndicated) (1957)
The Silent Service (season 2) (Syndicated) (1958)
The Silent Service (Unknown Episodes/AKAs)
The Silent Service (Feedback)

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