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SEA HUNT Legacy
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Sony / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has made SEA HUNT available at major DVD retailers.  Do not confuse these DVD's with the poor quality pirate DVD's offered on some websites.

cuba Guy's SEA HUNT Trivia Guide is the most referenced SEA HUNT trivia source in the world.

The SEA HUNT Legacy includes an estimated one-million-plus fans that took up recreational Scuba diving because of becoming interested in the sport while watching the SEA HUNT television series.  The Scuba Guy regularly asks students in classes if anyone was influenced by SEA HUNT in anyway to take the class.  A positive response of about 1 in 4 is normal.  Bridges died in 1998 and his memory and the SEA HUNT series still influence people to become Scuba divers today.

Is this Another SEA HUNT Legacy?

In 1958, movie actors resisted work in television, concerned about damage that may be done to their careers.  Bridges agreed to do SEA HUNT simply because he was between jobs.

Series dramatic TV programs were considered to be the worst of artistic acting jobs.  Syndicated programs were the bottom-feeders of series TV.  Ziv's TV productions were some of the least artistic.

But Ziv Television productions made Actors, Producers, and Frederic Ziv very wealthy.  SEA HUNT's huge financial success caused people in the business to take notice.

The tide of television's Golden Age was changing.

It is fair to say that another SEA HUNT Legacy is that it was one of the first syndicated TV shows to cause Actors, Producers, and Networks to take seriously the importance of syndicated TV programming.

But the SEA HUNT Legacy must also include the artistic evolution of underwater film and TV program-making that was the result of the creators, employees, contractors, and actors of Ziv Television Programs and Ziv United Artists Television using their crafts, skills, and lessons-learned in the making of SEA HUNT.  These SEA HUNT Alumni deserve credit for improving the quality of these underwater productions.

There were no SEA HUNT Spin-offs.  The 1987 remake of SEA HUNT was something less than well received.  Competitive pressures from the very successful SEA HUNT also inspired competitors to produce SEA HUNT Copy-Cats.   But the SEA HUNT influence in the following productions was an important legacy of the original series.

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Editor Note:  Bill Jones, The Scuba Guy, is a PADI Master Instructor and a Published and Award-Winning Writer


The Aquanauts / Malibu Run  (Ziv United Artists Television Series for CBS, B&W, 1960-61)

A SEA HUNT Copy-Cat.  An example of competition trying to cash-in on SEA HUNT's success.

Starring:  Jeremy Slate as Larry Lahr, Keith Larsen as Drake Andrews (episodes 1-14), and Ron Ely as Mike Madison (episodes 15-32)

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  By 1959, CBS realized the huge mistake they had made turning-down the now very successful SEA HUNT television series and had Ivan Tors create a high-budgeted one-hour Black & White rip-off of SEA HUNT for the network.   Tors, Harry Redmond Jr., Bob Overbeck, and Wende Wagner were simultaneously working on the new CBS show and SEA HUNT.  "The Aquanauts" (1960-61) hit the air on September 14, 1960 and was scheduled on CBS for Wednesdays at 6:30p cst.  Network exposure brought big guest stars including William Conrad, Peter Falk, Mary Tyler Moore, Burt Reynolds, Inger Stevens, and Robert Vaughn.

The show was about a couple of professional salvage divers that did freelance Scuba Diving jobs recovering sunken wrecks near Honolulu.  A typical storyline caused our heroes to run into the bad-guy divers that wanted to reach the wreck first or for some reason needed to make sure that the wreck would not be recovered.

Poor ratings, Larsen's ear infection, and difficult logistics for the four SEA HUNT Alumni forced Tors to cut costs, swap Larsen for Ely, re-tool, and relocate the show midway through the first year.  Our heroes opened a Dive Center in Malibu called "The Aquanauts" and moved to cool bachelor pads at the posh "Holiday House".  Selling Scuba gear caused all sorts of interesting people to stop by.  On March 1, 1961, a re-tooled episode 20 aired with the new name "Malibu Run" (1961).  These stories had noticeably less underwater footage and were targeted for a younger audience.

Airing against NBC's very popular "Wagon Train" (1957-65),  Tors failed to keep the program from sinking.  After one season of 32 shows, two locations, and two names, poor ratings resulted in CBS canceling "The Aquanauts / Malibu Run".

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Ivan Tors, Producer
Harry Redmond Jr., Special Effects Supervisor
Robert "Bob" Overbeck, Special Effects
Wende Wagner, Diving Stunt Artist

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Assignment Underwater (National Telefilm Associates (NTA) Television Series for first-run syndication, B&W, 1960)

A SEA HUNT Copy-Cat.  An example of competition trying to cash-in on SEA HUNT's success.

Starring:  Bill Williams as Bill Greer and Diane Mountford as Patty Greer

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004-06 Bill Jones:  Bill Greer is an ex-marine, a professional diver, and the owner of the "Lively Lady" charter boat.  Sound familiar?  Greer is a widower that fights crime under the sea with his eight-year-old daughter Patty.  In SEA HUNT, Mike Nelson explains what is going on directly to the viewers with voice-over narrations.  In "Assignment Underwater", Bill Greer explains what is going on to Patty as viewers watch.  Maybe NTA thought their "Assignment Underwater" viewers had the average intellect of an eight-year-old.  39 episodes.

A number of "Assignment Underwater" episodes seem suspiciously similar to SEA HUNT episodes:

1.  In AU #02 "Operation Betrayal", released September 16, 1960, Bill is asked by the Treasury Department to track-down frogmen that are bringing counterfeit currency plates to United States from Germany.  In Ziv #3.7, "Counterfeit", released February 20, 1960, Mike works with a Secret Service agent to retrieve a cache of counterfeit currency from a crashed Nazi plane.

2.  In AU #03 "The Sea Cave", released September 23, 1960, Bill and Patty must rescue a woman and her son in a sea cave which is about to be flooded by a rising tide.  In SEA HUNT's Ziv #1.28, "The Lost Ones", released July 19, 1958, Mike Nelson must rescue two children trapped in a sea cave by a rising tide.

3.  In AU #04 "Panic off Punta Banda", released September 30, 1960, Bill and Patty search for a radioactive cylinder that in the ocean.  Patty joins a Mexican family that is about to eat radium-poisoned tuna.  In SEA HUNT's Ziv #1.25, "The Prospectors", released June 28, 1958, a pair of prospectors hire Mike to trace the source of radioactive fish.

4.  In another AU episode, Patty must swim through a small hole in a sunken boat to reach illegal immigrants that were "left for dead" and trapped in an airtight compartment.  In SEA HUNT's Ziv #1.5, "The Sea Sled", released February 8, 1958, Mike helps the Immigration Department Border Patrol break up an underwater border-running operation.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
None, unless you count story ideas.  A number of SEA HUNT guest stars also guest starred in "Assignment Underwater".

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September Storm (20th Century Fox Film Corporation Movie, Color by Delux, 1960)

An example of a movie bringing in Sea Hunt Alumni to solve underwater production issues.

Starring:  Joanne Dru as Anne Traymore, Mark Stevens as Joe Balfour, Robert Strauss as Ernie Williams, Asher Dann as Manuel del Rio Montoya, and Jean-Pierre Kérien as LeClerc.

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  Great underwater shots and a shark attack dominate this movie.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Paul Stader, Underwater Director
Lamar Boren, Underwater Cinematographer
Wende Wagner, Underwater stunts
Courtney Brown,
(un-credited) stunt double for Mark Stevens

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Dinosaurus! (Universal International Pictures Movie, Color by Delux, 1960)

An example of a movie bringing in Sea Hunt Alumni to solve underwater production issues.

Starring:  Ward Ramsey as Bart Thompson, Paul Lukather as Chuck, and Kristina Hanson as Betty Piper.

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  Prehistoric creatures are unleashed on the unsuspecting population after undersea explosions near a Caribbean island.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Paul Stader, Underwater Director
Ryder Sound Services Inc., sound recording

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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (20th Century Fox Movie, Color, 1961)

An example of a big-budget movie bringing in Sea Hunt Alumni to perform underwater stunts.

Starring:  Walter Pidgeon as Admiral Harriman Nelson, Joan Fontaine as Dr. Susan Hiller, Barbara Eden as Lt Cathy Connors, Peter Lorre as Commodore Lucius Emery, Robert Sterling as Captain Lee Crane, and Frankie Avalon as Lt.(jg) Danny Romano

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  On the Seaview's maiden voyage, politicians are on-board to see if the cost of this state-of-the-art nuclear submarine is justified.  While underway, Admiral Nelson finds out that a belt of radiation covering the Earth is on fire.  In an attempt to save the world, Nelson and his crew must not only fight the problems of the Earth, they must argue with the politicians and find a saboteur that is onboard.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Zale Parry,
(uncredited) Underwater Diving Stunts
Paul Stader,
(uncredited) Underwater Diving Stunts

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The Underwater City (Columbia Pictures Corporation Movie, B&W and Color, 1962)

A SEA HUNT Copy-Cat.  An example of competition trying to cash-in on SEA HUNT's success.

Starring:  William Lundigan as Bob Gage, Julie Adams as Dr. Monica Powers, Roy Roberts as Tim Graham, and Carl Benton Reid as Dr. Junius Halstead

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  Scientists take part in an experiment to see if people can live for extended periods of time in a city built under the ocean.  Scuba diving and a giant eel dominate the story.

Shot in Color, Columbia released the picture in Black and White because they "didn't want to spend the money for Color prints".  When the film was broadcast on television, it was aired in Color.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
None

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Flipper  (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Movie, Color, 1963)

An example of Sea Hunt Alumni creating another show concept.

Starring:  Chuck Connors as Porter Ricks and Luke Halpin as Sandy Ricks

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  A child saves Flipper's (played by Suzy) life and his father insists that the dolphin is released after its recovery.  Flipper returns the favor by saving the boy from sharks.

The movie will later be credited for changing attitudes toward marine mammals and for the importance of controlling pollution in our oceans.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Ivan Tors Films Inc., Production Company
Ivan Tors, Producer
Ricou Browning, Associate Producer and Story Idea
Harry Redmond Jr., Associate Producer and
(uncredited) Special Effects Supervisor
Arthur Weiss, Writer
Dale Hyldahl,
(uncredited) Animal Trainer

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The Outer Limits  (United Artists Television Series for ABC, Color, 1963-65)

An example of Sea Hunt Alumni using lessons-learned.

Starring:  Vic Perrin as Control Voice "There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling the transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image; make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to the Outer Limits".

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  Anthology science fiction program that answered the question "What is the nature of man?" with a different cast each week.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Leon Benson, Director
Felix E. Fiest, Director
Lindsley Parsons Jr., Production Manager
Harry Redmond Jr., Special Effects Supervisor

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Flipper  (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television Series for NBC, Color, 1964-68)

An example of Sea Hunt Alumni creating another show concept.

Starring:   Brian Kelly as Ranger Porter Ricks, Luke Halpin as Sandy Ricks, and Tommy Norden as Bud Ricks

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  Ranger Ricks is the responsible lawman in Coral Key Park, a paradise somewhere near Key West Florida.  Ricks' sons 15-year-old Sandy and 10-year-old Bud and their pet dolphin Flipper (played by Suzy and Mitzi in close-ups, Little Bit and Mr. Gipper did stunts) seem to get in the middle of some problem each week.   Andy Devine played Hap Corman during the first season.  Ulla Strömstedt as Ulla Norstrand, a good looking oceanographer, regularly appeared throughout the second season.  It was sort of a dolphin version of "Lassie".

Milton Santini originally trained Mitzi, Little Bit, and Mr. Gipper.  Brian Kelly was seriously injured in an un-related motorcycle accident around 1970.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Ivan Tors Films Inc., Production Company
Ivan Tors, Producer
Harry Redmond Jr., Associate Producer and
(uncredited) Special Effects Supervisor
Ricou Browning, Writer
Arthur Weiss, Writer
Reed Parham,
(uncredited) Underwater Stunts
Dale Hyldahl,
(uncredited) Animal Trainer

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Thunderball  (Eon Productions Ltd. Movie, Color, 1965)

An example of a big-budget movie bringing in Sea Hunt Alumni to solve underwater production issues.

Starring:  Sean Connery as James Bond, Claudine Auger as Dominic 'Domino' Derval, Adolfo Celi as Emilio Largo - SPECTRE No. 2, Luciana Paluzzi as Fiona Volpe, Rik Van Nutter as Felix Leiter, Guy Doleman as Count Lippe, Molly Peters as Patricia Fearing, Martine Beswick as Paula Caplan, Bernard Lee as M, Desmond Llewelyn as Q, Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny and  Paul Stassino as Angelo Palazzi (Major Francois Derval)

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  The hijacking of nuclear bombs for ransom causes James Bond to need the help of SEA HUNT Alumni to make the underwater sequences believable.  Courtney Brown is the stunt diving artist that plays Major Francois Derval in the scenes where the bomber pilot is sinking to the sea floor in the Bahamas.  During that shoot, debris was so thick that Brown actually had serious trouble getting the air hose in his mouth and freeing himself from the mock bomber.  Brown recalls, "I saw all these red and green spots and vaguely realized 'someone' was trying to get me out of the plane."  That "someone" was one of the film's diving stunt assistants and former SEA HUNT stunt double "Big John" McLaughlin coming to Brown's aid.

Dive centers are stormed with customers that want AMF-VOIT® dive gear just-like 007's.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Ivan Tors Underwater Studios Ltd., Production Company for underwater sequences and supplier of Scuba divers
Ivan Tors, Supplier of Scuba diving equipment through promotional deal with AMF-VOIT®
Ricou Browning, Director of Underwater Sequences
Lamar Boren,
(uncredited) Underwater Cinematographer
Courtney Brown,
(uncredited)  Diving Stunt Artist for Paul Stassino as Major Francois Derval
Evelyn Boren
(Lamar Boren's wife), (uncredited) Diving Stunt Artist for Claudine Auger
"Big John" McLaughlin, (uncredited)  Diving Stunt Assistant

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Around the World Under the Sea  (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Movie, Color, 1966)

A SEA HUNT Copy-Cat.  An example of Sea Hunt Alumni creating another show concept.

Starring:   Lloyd Bridges as Dr. Doug Standish, Brian Kelly as Dr. Craig Mosby, Shirley Eaton as Dr. Margaret E. 'Maggie' Hanford, David McCallum as Dr. Philip Volker, Keenan Wynn as Hank Stahl, and Marshall Thompson as Dr. Orin Hillyard

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  In this Ivan Tors MetroColor® production, the crew of a five-man  new experimental submarine, The Hydronaut, travels the world oceans planting sensors on the ocean floor to warn scientists of any impending earthquakes.  Marshall Thompson, the guy that Lloyd Bridges beat-out for the Mike Nelson role during SEA HUNT auditions, plays along side of Bridges as Dr. Orin Hillyard.  The divers are threatened by underwater volcanoes, explosions, high temperatures, falling rocks, and a giant moray eel!  Extraordinary depths and rapid decompressions don't seem to be any problem for these guys, probably because all they can think about is Shirley Eaton.

The storyline sounds a little like the show idea "The Underwater Legion" that Frank Donahue submitted to Ziv and Tors in 1955.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Ivan Tors Underwater Studios Ltd., Production Company for underwater sequences and supplier of Scuba divers
Ivan Tors, Producer
Andrew Marton, Producer / Director
Lloyd Bridges, Actor playing Dr. Doug Standish
Ricou Browning, Director of Underwater Sequences
Lamar Boren, Underwater Cinematographer
Harry Redmond Jr., Technical Advisor
Reed Parham,
(uncredited) Underwater Stunts
Elmer Parsons, Story Idea
Arthur Weiss, Writer
Art Arthur, Writer
Max Pittman, Set Decorator
Marineland of the Pacific

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Namu, the Killer Whale  (United Artists Movie, Color, 1966)

An example of Sea Hunt Alumni creating another show concept.

Starring:  Robert Lansing as Hank Donner, John Anderson as Joe Clausen, Robin Mattson as Lisa Rand, Richard Erdman as Deke, and Lee Meriwether as Kate Rand

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  Hank Donner studies a killer whale's habits in a town where the local fishermen want it killed to protect their Salmon fishing industry. Hank tries to prove that the whale is very intelligent with almost a humanlike capacity for compassion.  The killer whale is befriended by a group of people along the Washington coastline.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Ivan Tors Films Inc., Production Company
Ivan Tors, Executive Producer
Lamar Boren, Associate Producer and Underwater Cinematographer
Arthur Weiss, Writer
Reed Parham,
(uncredited) Underwater Stunts

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Destination Inner Space   (Television Enterprises Corporation (TEC) Movie, Color, 1966)

An example of Sea Hunt Alumni bringing their experience in to direct and perform underwater stunts.

Starring:  Scott Brady as Commander Wayne, Sheree North as Rene Peron, Gary Merrill as Doctor LaSatier, and Wende Wagner as Sandra Welles.

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  A group of researchers is headed by ex-Submarine Commander Wayne at a Naval underwater laboratory called the Aquasphere. Strange sonar readings alert the researchers to an extraterrestrial probe landing on the ocean floor.  The researchers board the craft and discover an instrument package and take it back to the underwater lab for closer inspection.  The package begins growing in size and then transforms into an alien aquaphibian that rampages the laboratory.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Wende Wagner, Actress playing Sandra Welles
Joe Wonder, Production Manager and Assistant Director

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You Only Live Twice (Eon Productions Ltd. Movie, Color, 1967)

An example of a big-budget movie bringing in Sea Hunt Alumni to shoot underwater scenes.

Starring:  Sean Connery as James Bond, Akiko Wakabayashi as Aki, Tetsuro Tamba as Tiger Tanaka, Teru Shimada as Mr. Osato, Karin Dor as Helga Brandt, Donald Pleasence as Ernst Stavro Blofeld,  Bernard Lee as M, Desmond Llewelyn as Q, and Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny.

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  U.S. and Russian space capsules are disappearing during flight requiring James Bond to fly to Japan.  SEA HUNT Alumni are needed to make the underwater sequences believable.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Lamar Boren,
(uncredited) Underwater Cinematographer

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Island of the Lost (Paramount Pictures Movie, Color, 1967)

An example of a movie bringing in Sea Hunt Alumni to solve underwater production issues.

Starring:  Richard Greene, Luke Halpin, Sheila Welles, and Irene Tsu Mart Hulswit.

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  Anthropologists in the South Pacific discover an island inhabited by prehistoric mutant versions of modern animals.  Was this an early Jurassic Park?

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Ivan Tors Films Inc., Production Company
Ivan Tors, Executive Producer and Writer
Johnny Florea, Director
Ricou Browning, Director of Underwater Sequences
Lamar Boren, Underwater Cinematographer
Reed Parham,
(uncredited) Underwater Stunts

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Daring Game  (Paramount Pictures Movie / TV Pilot, Color, 1968)

A SEA HUNT Copy-Cat.  An example of Sea Hunt Alumni adapting a show concept.

Starring:  Lloyd Bridges as Vic Powers

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  The Flying Fish, Sky Diving and Scuba Diving experts, use specially designed underwater equipment to search for a man and his daughter who are being held prisoner by a dictator on a tiny island.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Ivan Tors Films Inc., Production Company
Ivan Tors, Executive Producer
Lloyd Bridges, Actor playing Vic Powers
Ricou Browning, Director of Underwater Sequences
Lamar Boren, Underwater Cinematographer
Art Arthur, Story Idea and Writer

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Lady in Cement  (20th Century Fox Film Corporation Movie, Color, 1968)

An example of a movie bringing in Sea Hunt Alumni to solve underwater production issues.

Starring:  Frank Sinatra as Tony Rome, Raquel Welch as Kit Forrest, Richard Conte as Lt. Dave Santini, Martin Gabel as Al Munger, Lainie Kazan as Maria Baretto, and Pat Henry as Rubin.

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  Miami detective finds the body of a young woman while diving in the Atlantic Ocean.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Ricou Browning, Director of Underwater Sequences

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Hello Down There (Paramount Pictures Movie, Color, 1969)

An example of Sea Hunt Alumni creating another show concept.

Starring:  Henny Backus (Jim Backus' wife) as Mrs. Webster, Jim Backus as T.R. Hollister, Ken Berry as Mel Cheever, Kay Cole as Lorrie Miller, Richard Dreyfuss as Harold Webster, and Tony Randall as Fred Miller

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  A scientist is given an assignment to spend one month in a simulated underwater home.  The scientist convinces his family to participate and the underwater mayhem begins in this screwball comedy.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Ivan Tors Films Inc., Production Company
Ivan Tors, Producer and Story Idea
Ricou Browning, Director of Underwater Sequences
Lamar Boren, Underwater Cinematographer
Art Arthur, Story Idea and Writer

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The Aquarians (Universal Television Series for NBC, Color, 1970)

A SEA HUNT Copy-Cat.  An example of Sea Hunt Alumni creating another show concept.

Starring:  Ricardo Montalban as Dr. Luis Delgado, José Ferrer as Alfred Vreeland, Leslie Nielsen as the official

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  A scientist and a team of underwater explorers search for the people who have stolen the world's supply of nerve gas and hidden it somewhere in the ocean.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Ivan Tors Films Inc., Production Company
Ivan Tors, Producer and Story Idea
Ricou Browning, Director of Underwater Sequences

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Primus (Metromedia Producers Corporation Television Series for first-run syndication, Color, 1971-72)

Starring:  Robert Brown as Carter Primus, Will Kuluva as Charlie Kingman, Eva Renzi as Toni Hyden

A SEA HUNT Copy-Cat.  An example of a revival of the SEA HUNT concept.

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  Marine Scientist, Ecologist, Oceanographer, Frogman, and Underwater Cop Carter Primus fights crime and sharks.  The series was filmed on location in Key Biscayne and later moved to Miami to cut production costs.  Tors showed viewers new scientific developments that ocean explorers were using at that time.  Among the gadgets Primus used were an underwater robot called Big Kate, a little exploration and photography sub called Pegasus, and a runabout sea sled.  Syndicated affiliates were unimpressed and Primus was cancelled after 27 episodes.

The Primus theme song was "The Man And The Challenge", Composer: Warren E. Barker (ASCAP), 1978 & 2001 Publisher: Suchan Music Corp., Pebble Beach, California (ASCAP).

Many fans believe Primus could have been the modern replacement for SEA HUNT.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Ivan Tors Films Inc., Production Company
Ivan Tors, Producer and Story Idea
Johnny Florea, Director
Ricou Browning, Director of Underwater Sequences
Reed Parham,
(uncredited) Underwater Stunts

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The Poseidon Adventure (20th Century Fox Film Corporation Movie, Color, 1977)

An example of a movie bringing in Sea Hunt Alumni to solve underwater production issues.

Starring:  Gene Hackman as Rev. Frank Scott, Ernest Borgnine as Det. Lt. Mike Rogo, Red Buttons as James Martin, Carol Lynley as Nonnie Parry, Roddy McDowall as Acres, Stella Stevens as Linda Rogo, Shelley Winter as Belle Rosen, Jack Albertson as Manny Rosen, Pamela Sue Martin as Susan Shelby, and Arthur O'Connell as Chaplain John.

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  New Years Eve party aboard a cruise ship turns-over into a nightmare disaster as passengers try to survive.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Paul Stader, Stunt Coordinator and
(un-credited) Actor playing Radio Operator

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Salty (MP Consulting International, Inc. and Talisma Productions Movie, Color, 1973)

An example of Sea Hunt Alumni creating another show concept.

Starring:  Clint Howard as Tim Reed, Mark Slade as Taylor Reed, Nina Foch as Mrs. Penninger, Julius Harris as Clancy Adams

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  Shot in Miami, this is the story of two orphaned Scuba diving brothers who buy Salty, a lovable but mischievous sea lion from the circus.  The boys try to help there old buddy reopen an old Florida marina before creditors take control.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Ivan Tors Films Inc., Production Company
Ivan Tors, Producer
Ricou Browning, Director and Writer
Reed Parham,
(uncredited) Underwater Stunts

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The Neptune Factor  (20th Century Fox Film Corporation Movie , Color, 1973)

An example of Sea Hunt Alumni bringing their experience in Underwater Cinematography.

Starring:  Ben Gazzara as Commander Adrian Blake, Walter Pidgeon as Dr. Samuel Andrews, Ernest Borgnine as Chief Diver Don MacKay, and Yvette Mimieux as Dr. Leah Jansen

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  The Sealab team is returning to the surface from the ocean floor when Sealab is ripped loose from it's moorings and violently sinks into a trench.  Too deep for a Scuba rescue, there only chance is rescue by a new US Navy mini-sub piloted by Commander Blake.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Lamar Boren, Underwater Cinematographer

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Salty (MP Consulting International, Inc. and Talisma Productions Television Series for first-run syndication, Color,  1974-75)

An example of Sea Hunt Alumni creating another show concept.

Starring:  Mark Slade as Taylor Reed, Julius Harris as Clancy Adams, Johnny Doran as Tim Reed, and Nina Foch as Mrs. Penninger

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  Salty the Sea Lion is owned by Taylor & Tim Reed, two orphans coming to terms with the death of their parents and living at the Cove Marina in Nassau Bahamas with Clancy Ames, a retired lawyer.  26 episodes were made.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Ivan Tors Films Inc., Production Company
Ivan Tors, Producer
Ricou Browning, Director and Writer
Reed Parham,
(uncredited) Underwater Stunts

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Spy Who Loved Me (Eon Productions Ltd. Movie, Color, 1977)

An example of a big-budget movie bringing in Sea Hunt Alumni to shoot underwater scenes.

Starring:  Roger Moore as James Bond, Barbara Bach as Major Anya Amasova, Curd Jürgens as Karl Stromberg, Richard Kiel as Jaws, Caroline Munro as Naomi, Walter Gotell as General Anatol Gogol, Geoffrey Keen as Sir Frederick Gray, Bernard Lee as M, Desmond Llewelyn as Q, and Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny.

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  British and Russian spies are forced to work together to find the reason for disappearing nuclear submarines.  SEA HUNT Alumni are needed to make the underwater sequences believable.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Lamar Boren,
(uncredited) Underwater Cinematographer

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The Man from Atlantis (Solow Production Company Television Series for NBC, Color, 1977)

An example of a TV series bringing in Sea Hunt Alumni to solve underwater production issues.

Starring:  Patrick Duffy as Mark Harris, Belinda Montgomery as Dr. Elizabeth Merrill, Victor Buono as Mr. Shubert, and Kenneth Tigar as Dr. Miller Simon.

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  Mark Harris is washed ashore in California and rescued by Dr Elizabeth Merrill.  Harris is the last survivor of the sunken continent of Atlantis.  Harris has evolved with webbed hands, low-light sensitive eyes, and the ability to swim underwater for long periods of time.  Harris is drafted into the "Foundation For Oceanic Research" to fight threats to the worlds oceans.  Harris joins Dr. Merrill in some exploratory missions aboard a high-tech submarine named the "Cetacean".  Harris could only survive out of water for a maximum of twelve hours and somehow recharges his strength while underwater making him stronger than most men.    The recurring evil villain was Mr. Schubert. The first four episodes were all feature length mid-season replacements with only a total of 21 episodes purchased by NBC.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Paul Stader, Stunt Coordinator

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Moonraker (Eon Productions Ltd. Movie, Color, 1979)

An example of a big-budget movie bringing in Sea Hunt Alumni to shoot underwater scenes.

Starring:  Roger Moore as James Bond, Lois Chiles as Dr. Holly Goodhead, Michael Lonsdale as Hugo Drax, Richard Kiel as Jaws, Corinne Clery as Corinne Dufour, Bernard Lee as M, Geoffrey Keen as Sir Frederick Gray, Desmond Llewelyn as Q, and Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny.

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  The British Government looses a U.S. Space Shuttle and Bond must find out what happened to it.  SEA HUNT Alumni are needed to make the underwater sequences believable.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Lamar Boren,
(uncredited) Underwater Cinematographer

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The Return of Captain Nemo (Warner Bros. Television Movie / TV Pilot for CBS, Color, 1983)

An example of a movie bringing in Sea Hunt Alumni to solve underwater production issues.

Starring:  José Ferrer as Captain Nemo, Richard Angarola as Trog, Horst Buchholz as King Tibor, and Lynda Day George as Kate

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  US Navy scientists discover the legendary Captain Nemo in suspended animation aboard his Nautilus at the bottom of the ocean. He is revived in the middle of a war waged by the King of Atlantis.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Arthur Weiss, Producer
Paul Stader, Director of Underwater Sequences and
(uncredited) Stunt Coordinator
Lamar Boren, Underwater Cinematographer

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Never Say Never Again (Warner Bros. Movie, Color, 1983)

An example of a big-budget movie bringing in Sea Hunt Alumni to solve underwater production issues.

Starring: Sean Connery as James Bond, Klaus Maria Brandauer as Largo, Max von Sydow as Blofeld, Barbara Carrera as Fatima, Kim Basinger as Domino Petachi, Bernie Casey as Leiter, Alec McCowen as Q, Edward Fox as M, Pamela Salem as Miss Moneypenny, Rowan Atkinson as Nigel Small-Fawcett

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  In this remake of Thunderball, James Bond needs the help of SEA HUNT Alumni again to make the underwater sequences believable.  SPECTRE agents infiltrate a US air force base in the United Kingdom and steal two Tomahawk cruise missiles.  NATO is leveraged for the ransom and the British government reactivates their "00" agent James Bond to retrieve the warheads.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Ricou Browning, Director of Underwater Sequences

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Jaws 3-D (Universal Pictures Movie, Color, 1983)

An example of a medium-budget movie bringing in Sea Hunt Alumni to solve underwater production issues.

Starring:  Dennis Quaid as Michael 'Mike' Brody, Bess Armstrong as Kathryn Morgan, Louis Gossett Jr. as Calvin Bouchard, and John Putch as Sean Brody.

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  The sons of the former Amity police chief Martin Brody are working at Florida's Sea World and discover yet another "killer shark" on the loose.

"Jaws" author Peter Benchley was hired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in November 1994 to write a SEA HUNT movie script that would focus on the estranged son of Mike Nelson.  Still four years before Bridges death, no one was sure if Lloyd Bridges would come back to play Mike Nelson.  Speculation was that they would try to get Jeff Bridges to play Nelson's son in the movie.  MGM planned to release the movie in 1997.  The project never really got off the ground.  Benchley died February 12, 2006 at his home in Princeton New Jersey.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Courtney Brown, Stunt Coordinator

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Sea Hunt  (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television Series for first-run syndication, Color, 1987-1988)

A SEA HUNT Copy-Cat.  A SEA HUNT remake.

Starring:  Ron Ely as Mike Nelson and Kimber Sissons as Jennifer Nelson

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  In 1987, the original SEA HUNT's Underwater Special Effects chief, Harry Redmond Jr. became the Associate Producer for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's new version of SEA HUNT (1987-88).  MGM had owned the character and story rights since 1981.  Ron Ely, of Ivan Tors' "Malibu Run" (1961) and TV version of  "Tarzan" (1966-69), reprised the role of Mike Nelson for 22 episodes.  Kimber Sissons played the new character of Mike Nelson's daughter Jennifer.  The boat in this new version of the show is Sea Hunt, not Argonaut.  The show was shot in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.

TV audiences and Scuba divers agreed that this new version never really recaptured the magic of the original series.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Harry Redmond Jr., Associate Producer

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Jaws: The Revenge  (Universal Pictures Movie, Color, 1987)

An example of a medium-budget movie bringing in Sea Hunt Alumni to solve underwater production issues.

Starring:  Lorraine Gary as Ellen Brody, Lance Guest as Michael Brody, Mario Van Peebles as Jake, Michael Caine as Hoagie Newcombe, Karen Young as Carla Brody, Judith Barsi as Thea Brody, Lynn Whitfield as Louisa
Mitchell Anderson as Sean Brody, and Jay Mello as Young Sean Brody

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  The sons of the former Amity police chief Martin Brody are no longer working at Florida's Sea World and their mom Ellen Brody still lives in the island resort town of Amity.  Martin Brody died of a heart attack brought on from his fear of sharks.  Sean, now a deputy in Amity, is killed by a great white shark while investigating a tangled buoy.  Ellen decides to spend Christmans with son Michael at his house in the Bahamas.  While Michael and Jake is attacked by the same shark that killed Sean.  The fourth film in the series, Ellen is now trying to kill the shark responsible for her son's death.

"Jaws" author Peter Benchley was hired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in November 1994 to write a SEA HUNT movie script that would focus on the estranged son of Mike Nelson.  Still four years before Bridges death, no one was sure if Lloyd Bridges would come back to play Mike Nelson.  Speculation was that they would try to get Jeff Bridges to play Nelson's son in the movie.  MGM planned to release the movie in 1997.  The project never really got off the ground.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Courtney Brown, Stunt Diver
"Big John" McLaughlin, Stunt Diver

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Treasure Galleons (Television Show, Color, 1973)

An example of Sea Hunt Alumni using a career of experience to produce a documentary.

Starring:  Richard Basehart

Scuba Guy Summary © 2004 Bill Jones:  Documentary about divers who search for a cargo of gold in a sunken seventeenth-century Spanish Galleons and off the coast of Florida.

SEA HUNT Alumni's Contributions
Ivan Tors, Executive Producer

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