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The Underwater City

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The Underwater City
Directed byFrank McDonald
Written byRuth Alexander (story)
Alex Gordon
Orville H. Hampton
Screenplay byOwen Harris
Produced byAlex Gordon
StarringWilliam Lundigan
Julie Adams
CinematographyGordon Avil
Edited byAl Clark
Don Starling
Music byRonald Stein
Neptune Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • August 2, 1962 (1962-08-02)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$350,000 (estimated)

The Underwater City is a 1962 American science fiction film in Eastmancolor, about overcoming engineering obstacles for establishing an underwater living environment. The film was directed by Frank McDonald, produced by Alex Gordon and written by Gordon's wife Ruth Alexander. Columbia Pictures released the film as a double feature with The Three Stooges Meet Hercules.

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Dr. Halstead (Carl Benton Reid) of the Institute of Oceanography hires Bob Gage (William Lundigan) to supervise the construction of an underwater city. If humans are going to blow themselves sky-high at some point in the future, then it might be a good idea to have an escape hatch down at the bottom of the ocean. Gage falls in love with Dr. Halstead's niece, Dr. Monica Powers (Julie Adams). A series of underwater living units are carefully created and tested until it seems that they are ready for residents to move in. What no one considers is that the sea floor and the sea itself may not be as stable as expected.[1]



Originally shown in black and white in the theaters, it was later released to television in color.[2] The filming was fraught with conflict, leading to a lawsuit by Neptune Productions against Columbia Pictures.[3]

Alex Gordon recalls that his wife was inspired by an article in American Weekly magazine about scientists growing food on the ocean floor. Gordon also recalled that the original choice for Dr. Halstead, Raymond Massey was replaced when he couldn't arrive in time to commence production. The film was originally supposed to be the first of a six-picture deal with Columbia for Gordon but the deal was dropped.[4]

Comic book adaptation


  1. ^ "The Underwater City (1962) - Frank McDonald | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie".
  2. ^ "THE UNDERWATER CITY (1962)". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08.
  3. ^ Tom Weaver (25 February 2010). A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde: Interviews with 62 Filmmakers. McFarland. pp. 248–. ISBN 978-0-7864-5831-8.
  4. ^ pp. 248-256 Weaver, Tom Alex Gordon and the Underwater City A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde: Interviews with 62 Filmmakers McFarland, 25 Feb 2010
  5. ^ "Dell Four Color #1328". Grand Comics Database.
  6. ^ Dell Four Color #1328 at the Comic Book DB (archived from the original)

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