Television Trivia/old tv show
Tony wrote at 2007-06-12 07:10:55
I remember the same program. It was a weekly but I don't believe it was a sitcom. It was more of a war-related action series. I remember the "up periscope" in the beginning of the show... basically the same things as the questioner... also "fire one! fire two!". If anything, it's comforting to know that someone has been going as crazy as I have for the past dozen years trying to remember. I am sure that it was neither Sgt Bilko nor McHales Navy. They WERE sitcoms.
Tony wrote at 2007-06-12 07:25:46
Yahoo, I got it! Well, I guess this finally got to me and I decided to do some serious research on the web.
Here is what I found on IMDb:
"Plot summary for
"The Silent Service" (1957)
Documentary dramatic anthology about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. All stories were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The series was the brainchild of Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, who retired from the Navy in 1949 after 22 years service. The Navy loaned him the U.S.S. Sawfish for the filming of several episodes. Written by Anonymous"
holly wrote at 2007-07-06 05:54:13
didnt they make Operation Petticoat into a tv show for a short period of time? That could be it.
Cate wrote at 2007-07-23 02:48:24
I've been going crazy trying to think of this very TV show. It was a weekly drama, but The Silent Service does not sound familiar. The problem is I keep confusing keywords from the show with other movies of the time, such as: Up, Periscope was a line from the tv show, but also a movie. Then there was "Run Silent, Run Deep," but that was also a movie. I don't think that was ever a tv show. I don't think it was a documentary. I just remember it as a drama. At the beginning of the show the front third or so of a sub would come almost straight out of the water and then splash back on top of the ocean with the water rushing on the deck. Does anyone else remember that. And yes, I too remember the "Dive! Dive! and Fire 1, Fire 2 or something like that. Cate
kvbuilder wrote at 2007-08-03 21:17:27
Naby Log, I think, theme song was Eternal Father
bbflemm wrote at 2007-10-24 18:46:34
What about Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea ? It starred Richard Basehart and David Hedison as crewmen on the seaview, a futuristic submarine; it was on ABC, but during the 60's...
Lefty wrote at 2008-01-12 01:59:32
I remember this show, but not the name. Used to watch it on Sunday afternoon.
Patricia wrote at 2008-05-03 23:55:05
My sister asked the same question and after looking around we found it. The name of the show was "Silent Service" 1957.
Subdued Kathy wrote at 2008-06-25 14:11:13
Yes, there was a TV show in the 50s on at 11 or 11:30 p.m. EST on a Saturday for half an hour. I think it was called "Up Periscope". It was drama/action and not comedy. They might have been true stories, but I'm not sure about that -- it's a long time ago. It did start with the sub surfacing, I think. It was one of my favorite shows (possibly because as a child that was the only night I could stay up that late).
Dale Nowak wrote at 2008-09-09 22:36:19
I too remember "The Silent Service" with the sub bursting up through the sea. It was one of my dad's favorite shows. It came to mind when I was answering an e-mail about old TV shows. Surprised me when it came to mind! Goodness knows what else is wandering around in my mind waiting to reappear!
Patrick wrote at 2008-09-23 07:27:01
I am 60 years old, and I remember seeing this show on our 12 inch B&W admirral TV in the mid-50s.
I used to like the closing them, with a video for the credits showing the sub going forward from behind the conning tower. There was a sung theme song with a male chorus that went something like this: ("----" means lyrics were there that I don't remember)
"Take her down ------------
Take her down, down, underneath the ocean,
We'll control, the ocean lanes(?)
From down, down underneath the sea."
Best I can do - it's been over 50 years!
Jan wrote at 2008-10-06 11:38:09
I just want to confirm that I have the same memory and am looking for the answer. It was a serious tv show about men on a submarine and "Dive! Dive!" is the only thing I remember.
Michael Walsh wrote at 2009-03-11 23:02:14
I have copies of several submarine patrols from the t.v. series "Silent Service Several are poor for viewing but I had a video of the sub Peto (SS-265) that I've converted to DVD. I was a radioman on the Peto and made 5 war patrols including our 10th & last patrol. This CD is much clearer.
Don Coscia wrote at 2009-03-20 21:28:00
You're idiot! Sgt. Bilko was ARMY! Sea Hunt had NOTHING to do with submarines! The show this dude was asking about was NOT a comedy (ie: McHales Navy). What kind of freakin' "Expert" are you anyhow?
Cheers, Don Coscia
Peter Vilkin wrote at 2009-04-21 03:18:18
The TV show was "The Silent Service". It was a serious show. I used to watch it with my Dad. I remember the theme song too. It was "Take Her Down" which is a US Navy song. The videos are available if you look around the internet. Michael Walsh, I would like to see your video of the Peto.
mimi wrote at 2009-04-24 00:36:26
It remember that one but can't find it listed as a TV show. The title that comes to my mind is "Run silent, Run Deep" I grew up in a Navy town and loved that one.
Lydia wrote at 2009-05-02 14:24:08
I remember this show as well. It was late 50s or early 60s. Black and white and definitely not Sea Hunt, which was the Lloyd Bridges show about divers. They were always saying, "Dive dive!" and that Booooop boooop sound would follow. Loved it!
Alan Stricklin (txoilgas) wrote at 2009-12-01 01:52:49
"The Silent Service" was a great show. In fact while going to Electronics "A" school at Treasure Island in San Francisco I decided to go to sub school. That theme song "Take Her Down" is great. Which I could find a copy.
Did 8 years on the boats. SSN-589 Scorpion, SSBN-631 US Grant, and SSBN 642 Kamehameha.
Kelly wrote at 2010-01-10 00:00:50
I finally found the answer! With much brainstorming with my boyfriend and I. Not to mention help of the Internet it was called "Victory at Sea". You can see for yourself at "Wikipedia". Hope this relieves your brain.
Donna wrote at 2010-12-07 05:31:20
Hi my name is donna and I love that program. I believe that program was called Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea.
Jim wrote at 2011-02-16 16:29:23
@ Donna--No it was not "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" which was a bit of sci-fi fantasy about a nuke sub with windows. This was Silent Service in black and white, it was mostly collected Navy archival documentary film, true stories about American Sub warfare in WWII.
Kathy wrote at 2011-04-15 23:20:28
The show with "dive, dive, dive" was Navy Log! My father used to watch it every week.
BLUELANTERN wrote at 2011-09-30 00:13:58
Words to "Take Her Down"
Take her down, and softly glide
Through the deep blue underneath the ocean.
We’ll control, the oceans wide
From down, down, underneath the sea.
Torpedoes crash and missiles roar.
Is the music underneath the ocean
From down below we’ll up the score
Of the ships on the bottom of the sea.
Say some toasts and pass the word,
In the futures yet to be
That we’re safe as long as there’s
A submariner underneath the sea.
So rig for dive, and take her down
Down, down underneath the ocean.
Fearless men, who find renown
In the deep blue underneath the sea.
Ruth wrote at 2011-11-17 03:26:50
Silent Running is the name of the TV show in the 50's which portrayed real events that some of the WWII submarines experienced while on patrol. My dad's ship,the Stingray, was portrayed on one of the episodes during its 11th war patrol. They were off shore Guam and had to stay submerged to try to get close enough to save a pilot whose plane was shot down. It took several tries to finally get to him, and then they could only raise the periscope for him to grasp and cling to as they dragged him further away from the exploding shells in order to safely surface. I only wish my younger brother and sisters could have watched it with our dad like I did. We never missed an episode.
Dennis Putnam wrote at 2012-06-07 09:00:20
The Silent Service is the show that the sub looked like it was trying to jump out of the water. I'm 61 and I grew up watching shows like this.
Kent K. wrote at 2016-08-07 04:58:32
"The Silent Service" is the name of this show. I watched this growing up. I hadn't thought about it in half a century but found episodes on Youtube. I've been watching several in a row lately because I enjoy the show and it goes by fast: 26-minute episodes, no commercials. I got here in a search for the lyrics of the closing theme: thanks BlueLantern.
To Ruth: "Silent Running" was a Sci-fi movie with Bruce Dern, ably assisted by 3 fore-runners of R2D2: Huey, Dewey, and Louie.