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 Archerfish Spits Straight.
- Episode 02: The Sea Devil Attack Puget Sound.
- Episode 03: The Bergall’s Revenge.
- Episode 04: The Unsuccessful Patrol.
- Episode 05: The Story of the USS Aspro.
- Episode 06: The Thresher Story.
- Episode 07: The Ugly Duckling.
- Episode 08: Peto Plucks Some Chickens.
- Episode 09: The S-38 Story.
- Episode 10: Incident Down South.
- Episode 11: Mine for Keeps.
- Episode 12: Fish Out of Water.
- Episode 13: The USS Cod’s Lost Boarding Party.
- Episode 14: The Tirton’s Christmas.
- Episode 15: The Hawkbill’s Revenge.
- Episode 16: The Tigershark.
- Episode 17: The Cavalla Story.
- Episode 18: The Growler’s Captain.
- Episode 19: The USS Tinosa Story.
- Episode 20: The Grayling Story.
- Episode 21: The S-44 Story.
- Episode 22: The Pargo’s Lucky Seventh.
- Episode 23: The Crevalle’s Mine Plant.
- Episode 24: The Sunfish Story.
- Episode 25: The Sunfish’s Cook.
- Episode 26: The Nautilus and the Nuns.
- Episode 27: The Sandshark Story.
- Episode 28: Operation Seadragon.
- Episode 29: The Harder at Woleai.
- Episode 30: The Tautog Story.
- Episode 31: The Swordfish Story.
- Episode 32: The Gabilan Story.
- Episode 33: The Gato Story.
- Episode 34: The Silversides Story.
- Episode 35: The Bowfin Story.
- Episode 36: Royal Submarines.
- Episode 37: The Squalas Story.
- Episode 38: Seanettle vs U-Boat.
- Episode 39: U-47 in Scapa Flow.
Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 07 March 1958 to 28 November 1958.
- Running Time: 30 minutes (per episode).
- Rating: Unknown.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.