Great L.B. Abbott stock footage.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Production information and notes
by Mark Phillips
Story synopses, Mike Bailey


Dead Men's Doubloons  Airdate: February 12, 1966

Albert Salmi as historical pirate.
A curse!
A pirate's curse on his treasure and any who would plunder it.
A curse on the treasure!
Albert Salmi as Brent is either an exact double of the ancient pirate or his ghost.
Brent's a remarkable look alike to ancient pirate.

Welcome to the island, gentlemen.
Allen Jaffe, Albert Salmi, and ?

        

    Captain Brent, who bears an uncanny resemblance to a certain 16th Century pirate, warns Nelson's divers not to go near any sunken pirate ships they might encounter while on a routine check of US undersea missiles.  A Seaview diver soon runs afoul of Brent's warning and a missile explodes in its launch tube, killing the divers and shaking up the submarine.  When the mini-sub is ordered out to look around, Brent waylays one of the assigned crewmen and takes his place.  Morton soon finds the unconscious man, and later discovers a treasure chest and pirate flag in Brent's room.  It becomes apparent that Brent has commandeered the mini-sub -- but to what end?


     A report from high command is received confirming that Captain Brent's credentials are impeccable except for the fact that he's got a pirate back there in his ancestry.  A sudden explosion signals the destruction of the purloined mini-sub and allows sensor operator Kowalski to trace its last location to a nearby island.  It's an old pirate's haunt where, it turns out, Brent commands a base from which he has tapped into the American missiles, in effect, pirating them. 

Crane heads out with Kowalski in the Flying Sub to chase him down, but they're soon brought down by a broadside of cannon fire from what appears to be an ancient pirate ship.  Kowalski works on repairing FS-1 while Crane scubas over to the island in order to be caught by (arghh!) Captain Brent.  Kowalski fixes the Flying Sub, returns to Seaview for Nelson, and the two head back to the island to fetch their captain who has in the meantime gotten free.  Before the last reel unspools, Brent's secret base is burning and "the boys" have escaped from the "curse" of Captain Brent.  
Pretty cool flag and camera setup.
Nelson & Crane discover damning evidence in Brent's cabin.

Dead Men's Doubloons  

Written: Sidney Marshall
Directed: Sutton Roley
Guest Cast
Capt. Alfred Brent....... Albert Salmi
Admiral Howard....Robert Brubaker
Sebastian..........................Allen Jaffe

Guest Cast (cont.)

Henderson....Darryl Scott McFadden
Travis..........................Bartell La Rue
Pirate.............................Bob Swimmer
Ray...............................Ray Didsbury
Crewman......................Garrett Myles
Sailor..............................Stan Kamber


Mark Says: Wonderful stock footage of pirates fighting, and a great fade-out on Albert Salmi for the teaser, promise some thrills but the episode is neither supernatural nor a straight-forward tale of modern-day pirates (which could have made for a good dramatic story). Instead, itís over-the-top antics by Salmi and his crew, which compromises any danger.


Mike Says:  Mark pretty-much says it all.  The mixing of pirate fairy-tail and modern-day science doesn't work, at least not for me.



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