|ATOMIC SUBMARINE (director: Spencer Bennet; screenwriter: Orville H. Hampton/story by Jack Rabin & Irving Block; cinematographer: Gilbert Warrenton; editor: William Austin; music: Alexander Laszlo; cast: Arthur Franz (Commander Richard Holloway), Dick Foran (Commander Dan Wendover), Brett Halsey (Dr Carl Nielson), Tom Conway (Sir Ian Hunt), Victor Varconi (Dr Clifford Kent), Bob Steele (Chief Griff), Paul Dubov (Lieutenant David Milburn), Joi Lansing (Julie), John Hilliard (Voice of the Alien), Sid Melton (Chester), Pat Michaels (Narrator); Runtime: 72; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Irving Block, Alex Gordon , Jack Rabin; Criterion Collection (Image Entertainment); 1959)|
|"Drags until coming alive in the
by Dennis Schwartz
A popcorn movie with a familiar save the world theme
about aliens invading under the North Pole. Here the
military is glorified for its efforts despite its
diverse opinions about war. The sci-fi film is
adequately helmed by Spencer Bennet ("Devil
Goddess"/"Killer Ape"/"Mysterious Island"), remembered
mostly for directing serials. The nonsensical story by
Jack Rabin and Irving Block is clumsily written by
Orville H. Hampton. It's told with a narrator (Pat
Michaels), aping the seriousness of a
documentary, the film drags until coming alive in the
last act. The brave members of an American nuclear sub
climb aboard a flying saucer and fight off a hairy
cyclops with tentacles and powers to burn to death its
producer is AIP vet Alex Gordon. "Atomic"
shot in eight days on a budget of $135,000.
several American ships are destroyed near the North
Pole, an atomic submarine, the Tiger Shark, captained
by Dick Foran, is sent to the area to investigate.
The findings indicate an underwater flying saucer is
responsible. Aboard the atomic sub, the intrepid
gung-ho officers (Arthur Franz) has a hostile
relationship with his pacifist bunk-mate, the genius oceanographer
The B film evokes a tense and cheesy 1950s atmosphere and reflects on America's paranoia over being invaded by aliens. If you're a fan of such hokum sci-fi scare films, this well-made one has plenty of colorful characters, campiness and odd pleasures to glean.
REVIEWED ON 5/1/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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