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Sea Hunt It's Still Alive - Midget Submarine

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Mike rescues a Soviet defector with the use of an interesting underwater vehicle
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Yeah, it's time for another installment of Sea Hunt. It's still alive, and on today's show, we're going back to Season one. Episode 12 titled Midget Submarine, A midget submarine, premiered on March 29th, 1958. Well, this one is also about a defector, but this time a Soviet defector. The show opens up with Mike, helping his friend Bill cruder test us to man's midget submarine in a cove off of San Diego. Bill is the inventor of the two man submarine. Mike is explaining all the potential uses of the sub along with its range and other characteristics. He says he thought they were alone, but it turns out they're being watched. The camera zooms in on a man and woman on the top of a cliff over the clove. They're watching Bill and Mike work with submarine. The woman has a Russian accent, is and and is asking the man if he can get Mike to do it. Hmm. Do what he says he can't but that she needs to ask him. She has a nice smile, he says. She quips back. Men don't do things, cause a woman smiles. So now Mike and Bill are putting the submarine on a trailer. When a bunch of rocks start coming down the cliff, Mike heads up to investigate, and he hears someone coming and is ready to pounce. It's the woman, Mike tells her. The equipment is not for public view. The woman says her name is Maria Wenzel, and she needs Mike's midget submarine. Mike is suspicious. He takes her binoculars so he can get her fingerprints for a federal agent because he thinks she's a spy. Now the man shows up. He is Mr Ross, Um, and he is a federal agent. They tell Mike that Maria's father is John Wenzel, a Soviet mathematician. Mike says Wenzel was more dangerous to America than the H bomb. Well, they tell him that when he wants to defect, Mike says he's not into the cloak, cloak and dagger. It's not his line. The next scene shifts to Mike, returning with his boat to Marineland went on the dock. He meets Eugene Laszlo. Mike recognizes him as the Nobel Prize winner in physics. He's impressed, and they head off in Mike's car to the office. Then we shift to a scene where Laszlo is using your globe to explain how Wenzel is going to be on a research ship heading across the Pacific. It's a secret mission for the Soviets track in America's newest satellite. Mike likes up a pipe as he's listening to. Ah, Laszlo. The plan is to intercept this ship 3000 miles from Japan in 2000 miles from Hawaii. Well, now Maria and Ross um, walk in. Maria has the plans of the ships who might confine Wenzel. Ross, um, says there's no money and no medals. Mike takes the pipe out of his mouth and says something like this is that he's sure Bill would risk the midget sub for this mission. Mike says he'll do it so Mike, midget sub and team taken ocean liner to Hawaii. From there, they're going to transfer the midget sub to a naval vessel. That ship looks like a submarine rescue ship. After long days at sea, they find the target ship and Mike is off in the midget sub. He dies the sub deep as they approached the Soviet chip and comes up right alongside. Mike climbs up the side of the ship in full gear, wetsuit, mask and triple tanks. The ship is this vote Ziva Voda. He's creeping around in triples, leaving footprints, hiding behind hatches and climbing down ladders. He finally gets to John Wetzel's cabin, startles him and shows him a locket from his daughter. Now John is convinced that Mike is there to help him. Mike tells him about the midget sub, but John doesn't know how to use the scuba gear. No problem, like gives him a two minute lesson on how toe wear and clear the mask and how to breathe and clear The regulator, Mike says, Whatever you do, never hold your breath just as they're ready to leave. Another scientist comes in. He wants to go over some math problems with Wenzel. Mike is hiding behind a curtain, dripping, water spilling out. Finally, when Wenzel tells him he's right and Professor Goran leaves, but he barges back in and seize Mike. Wenzel convinces Mike that Goran is a friend and will help them escape. Goran wants to go to, but there's not enough room, he says. Good luck. Perhaps my turn will come soon. Mike and Wenzel climbed down to the submarine, while Gore, um, is on the deck watching them pull away just then a seeming comes up. Goran distracts him. Just as he's ready to leave, he hears the sub. It's a fish. It's a fish, says Gorn. Playful dolphins. A semen is convinced and leaves. Now the sub is flying back to the Navy ship. The film is really sped up. Mike tells us that it took a few hours to get back to the ship and as they climb aboard, airs Laszlo and he greets Wenzel by saying, Welcome to the West. The final shot of the sea of this episode is the moon shining behind the American flag on the ship's mast. That's midget submarine from 1958 in the middle of the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Perhaps see, Hunt was trying to convince others to defect as well. This is a funny one because Lloyd Bridges was involved in the Hollywood blacklisting of actor suspected of being Communists. Ironic, isn't it? We know now that Mike and Loy were true blue American heroes
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