The Silent Service is an American syndicated anthology television series based on actual events in the submarine section of the United States Navy.
Documentary dramatic anthology about the US 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 USS Sawfish for the filming of several episodes. He also narrated the series.
He began each episode with this refrain: “Tonight, we bring you another thrilling episode of Silent Service stories, of warfare under the sea.”
The Silent Service Series
You can find a full index and overview of The Silent Service here.
- Episode 01: The Jack at Tokyo.
- Episode 02: The Trout at the Rainbow’s End.
- Episode 03: The End of the Line.
- Episode 04: The USS Sculpin Story.
- Episode 05: The USS Spearfish Delivers.
- Episode 06: The USS Bergall’s Dilemma.
- Episode 07: The USS Batfish Scores.
- Episode 08: The USS Tigrone Sets a Record.
- Episode 09: The Five-Ring Circus.
- Episode 10: The USS Pampanito Story.
- Episode 11: The USS Tirante Plays a Hunch.
- Episode 12: The USS Tang vs. Truk.
- Episode 13: The Wahoo Story.
- Episode 14: The Two Davids and Goliath.
- Episode 15: The Ordeal of S-38.
- Episode 16: The USS Seahorse Story.
- Episode 17: The Salmon Swims Upstream.
- Episode 18: Cargo for Crevalle.
- Epsiode 19: Boomerang.
- Episode 20: The Squailfish.
- Episode 21: The Grouper Story.
- Episode 22: The Eyes of the Seawolf.
- Episode 23: The Sea Dragon Story.
- Episode 24: The Narwhal’s Passenger from Mindanao.
- Episode 25: The Perch’s New Role.
- Episode 26: The Final War Patrol.
- Episode 27: The Last Dive.
- Episode 28: The Gar Story.
- Episode 29: The Story of the USS Flier.
- Episode 30: The Starfish Came Home.
- Episode 31: The Sealion Story.
- Episode 32: The Nautilus Story.
- Episode 33: Hit ‘Em Again, Harder.
- Episode 34: The Seashark Story.
- Episode 35: The Tshushima Straits Story.
- Episode 36: The Searaven.
- Episode 37: The Tang’s Last Shot.
- Episode 38: The Loss of the Perch.
- Epsiode 39: The Guardfish.
Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 05 April 1957 to 27 December 1957.
- Running Time: 30 minutes (per episode).
- Rating: Unknown.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.