Voyage to the Bottom of the
Proof Sheet, Jonah and the Whale
Production photos (often black and white because the film
was cheaper) were kept for various reasons.
1) They had potential value for publicity use.
2) the photographer's presence created a sense of attention for guest
3) they could in certain circumstances be used for referencing wardrobe
by scene, and
4) were standard operating procedure, certainly for key episodes--those
allotted bigger budgets because they were season openers or "special
productions." Most series would skimp weekly budget for some
episodes so they could fatten others --those special episodes were often
saved for use in key ratings sweeps periods. This kind of
"stunting" is still done today.
|Above, scenes shot for "Jonah and the Whale inside the
diving bell set. All photos are from late in the episode of the
scene after Crane (David Hedison--not in view,) Riley (Allan Hunt,) and
Kowalski (Del Monroe) have reached the bell and tied a cable to it for
extraction from the whale's stomach. Nelson (Richard Basehart) and
Katya (Gia Scala) are relieved to find they may soon be rescued.
These shots are most likely of rehearsal and setup for the actual "takes."
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