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S1.E1 ∙ The Hot Chihuaha
S1.E2 ∙ Operation Betrayal
S1.e3 ∙ the sea cave, s1.e4 ∙ panic off punta banda, s1.e5 ∙ the gun, s1.e6 ∙ the coast watcher.
S1.E7 ∙ Charlie Noble's Pearl
S1.e8 ∙ dead-log pickup, s1.e9 ∙ decoy.
S1.E10 ∙ A Matter of Honor
S1.E11 ∙ The Portrait
S1.e12 ∙ a message to mulligan, s1.e13 ∙ troubled waters, s1.e14 ∙ tension below, s1.e15 ∙ a drop in the ocean, s1.e16 ∙ the medal, s1.e17 ∙ odd man dies, s1.e18 ∙ nightmare bay, s1.e19 ∙ affair in tokyo, s1.e20 ∙ the key, s1.e21 ∙ the dam, s1.e22 ∙ boat missing, s1.e23 ∙ killer bait, s1.e24 ∙ journey to death, s1.e25 ∙ the target, s1.e26 ∙ dead weight, s1.e27 ∙ ghost dive, s1.e28 ∙ swamp light, s1.e29 ∙ ship killer, s1.e30 ∙ gold fever, s1.e31 ∙ a question of degree, s1.e32 ∙ witness from the dead, s1.e33 ∙ anchor man, s1.e34 ∙ the secret of the reef, s1.e35 ∙ rescue at diamond shoal, s1.e36 ∙ ordeal at forty fathoms, s1.e37 ∙ no escape, s1.e38 ∙ partners in death, s1.e39 ∙ the deadly game, contribute to this page.
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by Michael Rich — Updated: August 3, 2023 Comment — Reading Time: 3 minutes
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Vol. 1 (1960) Vol. 2 (1961) The Complete Series (1960-61)
September 9, 1960 – June 2, 1961 (39) one half hour episodes (one season) in B&W on NTA Film Network (syndication) Produced by: Frank De Felitta
- Bill Williams … Bill Greer
- Diane Mountford … Patty Greer
By: Herman Stein
If you were a fan of Sea Hunt then you would have liked Assignment: Underwater as well. Bill Greer (Bill Williams) was an ex-marine who made his living by renting out his professional diving services and his boat The Lively Lady. To add adventure and intrigue he often worked for various government agencies including the local police department solving crimes that involved a splash into the Pacific.
He was a single father (widowed) raising a delightful young daughter Patty played by Diane Mountford. She helps her Father through moral conflicts as well as getting into dangerous situations herself from which Dad has to come rescue her. Caught in dilemmas between work and parenting Bill manages to stay the unwavering hero who never goes astray. The family aspects of the show help to keep it balanced and allow the main character to show more depth in the role.
The series packed a lot of excellent writing and fine acting into its only season. Diane Mountford, only 12 at the time, often stole the show from a wide range of talented co-stars. Location shoots from exotic spots like Alaska, Hawaii and Cuba also gave this show a sense of credibility. Why it didn’t last, is anyone’s guess.
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CTVA The Classic TV Archive - US Adventure series Assignment: Underwater (1960-61) Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive with contributions by: John King, Rina Fox references: Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov) Internet Movie Database (https://us.imdb.com) --------------------- ASSIGNMENT: UNDERWATER --------------------- Liberty Productions, Inc. National TeleFilm Associates Production (N.T.A.) for First-Run Syndication Executive Producer Frank Defelitta / Produced by Bernard Glasser Associate Producer Mort Zarcoff N.T.A. Production Executive Mort Abrahams
US Adventure series 1960-61 39 episodes x 30 min bw Starring Bill Williams a s Bill Greer Diane Mountford as Patty Greer, Bill's daughter Premise: The story of Bill Greer, an ex-marine turned owner of the " Lively Lady ", a charter boat for hire. ######### Assignment: Underwater ############# ############## season 1960-61 ############### ############################################## Syndicated Airdates from New York City run  Assignment: Underwater - THE HOT CHIHUAHA 9Sep60 NYC Guest Cast: Patricia Medina (as Cynthia Bragg) Oscar Beragi (as Charles Gruber) Walter Burke (as Alanzo) A wealthy woman hires Greer to dive underwater in search of her chihuaha. Greer doesn't find the dog, but he does find the dog's collar - clutched in a dead man's hand.  Assignment: Underwater - OPERATION BETRAYAL 16Sep60 NYC Guest Cast: Carleton Young (as Sam Arnett) There's a rumor that counterfeit currency plates are on the way to this country from Germany. Greer is asked by the Treasury Department to undertake the distasteful of tracking down some former wartime frogman buddies.  Assignment: Underwater - THE SEA CAVE 23Sep60 NYC Guest Cast: Arthur Franz (as Andy Schramm) Toni Geary (as Doris Schramm) Billy Booth Bill and Patty rescue a swimmer and learn that he left his wife and son in a sea cave which will be flooded at high tide.  Assignment: Underwater - PANIC OFF PUNTA BANDA 30Sep60 NYC Guest Cast: Bill Henry (as Captain Wilson) Ronald Nicholas (as Dr. Harrow) Rudolfo Hoyos (as Pepe) Jos� Sanchez Miriam Colon Patty is helping her father search for a radioactive cylinder that crashed into the ocean. Then she joins a Mexican family that's preparing to feast on a radium-poisoned tuna.  Assignment: Underwater - THE GUN 7Oct60 NYC Guest Cast: Miriam Goldina (as Mrs. Kosel) Ross Ford (as Jim Mitchell) Mike Potoki Perry Cook Gloria Moreland When a young woman is shot down on a bridge, a frightened young tough hears the police sirens and throws his gun into the water.  Assignment: Underwater - THE COAST WATCHER 14Oct60 NYC Guest Cast: Kendrick Huxham (as George Grenville) George Pelling (as Commander Bogard) Robert Nash (as Commander Cleary) Wayne Mallory (as Lt. Barnes) Patty is disappointed by the mild appearance of George Grenville, a man her father described as a war hero. So Bill tells his daughter how he and George met. 1.7 [--] Assignment: Underwater - CHARLIE NOBLE'S PEARL (on film) [verified -RF] 21Oct60 NYC Executive Producer Frank Defelitta / Produced by Bernard Glasser Teleplay by Tom Gries/ Story by Edward Bernds Directed by Gene Fowler Jr. Director of photography Hal McAlpin starring Bill Williams ...... Bill Greer Diane Mountford .... Patty Guest Cast: Edgar Buchanan ..... Charlie Noble Tommy Cook ......... Ritchie Quint Wayne Heffley ...... Lt. Crane Michael Vandever ... Bob Post * Associate Producer Mort Zarcoff N.T.A. Production Executive Mort Abrahams Supervising Editor Richard C. Meyer, A.C.E. Assistant Director ... Edward Woehler Film Editor .......... John F. Schreyer, A.C.E. Camera Operator ...... Jack Willoughby Chief Electrician .... Robert Petzoldt Sound Recording ...... William Bernds Script Supervisor .... Billy Vernon Music ................ Alec Compinsky Casting .............. Stalmaster-Lister Sound ................ Ryder Sound Services Inc Aqua-Lung ............ U.S. Divers Corp. Synopsis: Two thieves make a career of robbing luxury yachts. They try to pin the crimes on an old man who delights in telling tall tales. [JK] Synopsis 2: A crusty old waterfront character is framed by yacht thieves. [RF]  Assignment: Underwater - DEAD-LOG PICKUP 28Oct60 NYC Guest Cast: George Macready (as Stephen Torquay) Carol Byron (as Diane Torquay) Robert Shayne (as Allan Thorton) A rich man's daughter is kidnapped and Greer is called in to plan the ransom delivery - and the culprit's capture.  Assignment: Underwater - DECOY 4Nov60 NYC Guest Cast: Charles Tannen (as Lt. Pollack) Keith Richards (as Talley) I. Sanford Jolley (as Blodgett) Bill is assigned to recover the body of a bank robber who drowned while making his getaway. 1.10[--] Assignment: Underwater - A MATTER OF HONOR [verified -RF] 11Nov60 NYC Executive Producer Frank Defelitta / Produced by Bernard Glasser Teleplay by Melvin Wald/ Story by Edward Bernds Directed by Gene Fowler Jr. Director of photography Hal McAlpin Starring Bill Williams ....... Bill Greer Diane Mountford ..... Patty Guest Cast: George Takai ........ Kenji Tiger Joe Marsh ..... Charley Lobe Stanley Adams ....... Joe Corelli Bob Okazaki ......... Hideo Kitigawa Barbara Luna ........ Ruby Lee Warren Hsieh ........ Jimmy, little boy * Associate Producer Mort Zarcoff N.T.A. Production Executive Mort Abrahams Supervising Editor Richard C. Meyer, A.C.E. Assistant Director ... Robert White Film Editor .......... Carl Marakian Camera Operator ...... Jack Willoughby Chief Electrician .... Robert Petzoldt Sound Recording ...... William Bernds Script Supervisor .... Billy Vernon Music ................ Alec Compinsky Casting .............. Stalmaster-Lister Sound ................ Ryder Sound Services Inc Aqua-Lung ............ U.S. Divers Corp. Synopsis: Greer tries to help a father who's worried about his son. The boy has been seen in the company of a racketeer. [JK] Synopsis 2: Greer tries to help his friend, whose son has gotten involved with racketeers. [RF]  Assignment: Underwater - THE PORTRAIT 18Nov60 NYC Guest Cast: Alan Hale, Jr. (as J. L. Simmons) Stanza (or Santa) Lowe (as Dolores Simmons) (imdb have Stanja Lowe) Hugh Lawrence (as Carl) Bill and Patty go to offer condolences to the widow of one of Bill's students. Patty thinks she sees the dead man's face in a window. 1.12 [--] Assignment: Underwater - A MESSAGE TO MULLIGAN [verified -RF] 25Nov60 NYC Executive Producer Frank Defelitta / Produced by Bernard Glasser Teleplay by Robert Bassing / Story by Mort Zarcoff Directed by Gene Fowler Jr. Director of photography Hal McAlpin starring Bill Williams ...... Bill Greer Diane Mountford .... Patty Guest Cast: Bill Boyette ....... Joe Mulligan Gene Roth .......... Mr. Norman Ralph Reed ......... Messenger Ralph Moody ........ Farber Buck Young ......... Assistant Director John Thye .......... Truck driver * Associate Producer Mort Zarcoff N.T.A. Production Executive Mort Abrahams Supervising editor Richard C. Meyer, A.C.E. Story Editor ......... Giulio Anfuso Assistant Director ... Edward Woehler Film Editor .......... Carl Marakian Camera Operator ...... Jack Willoughby Chief Electrician .... Robert Petzoldt Sound Recording ...... William Bernds Script Supervisor .... Billy Vernon Music ................ Alec Compinsky Casting .............. Stalmaster-Lister Sound ................ Ryder Sound Services Inc Aqua-Lung ............ U.S. Divers Corp. Synopsis: While Greer is checking on arrangements to blow up a yacht for a movie scene, Patty gets an urgent message for her father and climbs aboard the fated yacht to take it to him. [JK] Synopsis 2: Patty climbs aboard a yacht minutes before it is to be blown up for a movie scene. [RF]  Assignment: Underwater - TROUBLED WATERS 2Dec60 NYC Guest Cast: Chill Wills (as Boyd Crosby) Joan Barry (as Sue) Ric Turner (as Lonnie) Bill Greer finds a sunken plane abd decides to claim it as salvage. But a group of wealthy youngsters on a nearby yacht interfere with his plans.  Assignment: Underwater - TENSION BELOW 9Dec60 NYC Guest Cast: Bill Henry (as Stinson) Roy Engel (as Carney) Steve Drexel (as Lieutenant) Looking for what's wrong with a ship's propeller, Bill discovers a bomb on an underwater rock shelf. His task: dismantle the bomb.  Assignment: Underwater - A DROP IN THE OCEAN 16Dec60 NYC Guest Cast: Robert Brubaker (as Inspector) Roy Wright (as Sergeant) Patty witnessed a murder, so Bill takes her board ship to keep her from harm. But the murderers follow.  Assignment: Underwater - THE MEDAL 23Dec60 NYC Guest Cast: Ross Elliot (as Capt. Pete Barry) Captain Pete Barry hires Bill Greer to retrieve some evidence that will convict a racketeer - then he cancels the contract.  Assignment: Underwater - ODD MAN DIES 30Dec60 NYC Guest Cast: John Hoyt (as J. Willard Stone) J. Willard Stone offers a huge sum of money to the man who can bring a strongbox that is sitting on the bottom of the ocean.  Assignment: Underwater - NIGHTMARE BAY 6Jan61 NYC Guest Cast: June Vincent (as Phyllis Majors) Richard Gaines (as Dr. Burton) Phyllis Majors thinks she murdered her Uncle. Dr. Burton says she didn't, but Greer finds the body and the boat.  Assignment: Underwater - AFFAIR IN TOKYO 13Jan61 NYC Guest Cast: Joseph H. Hamilton (as Jed Carson) DeForest Kelley (as Barney) Tenu Shimada Chiyo Tota Albert Baffert Regina Glason Clifford Kawada Jed Carson learns his friend Barney died in Tokyo. Bill Greer goes to Japan to bring the body back to America - but there's no body to be found.  Assignment: Underwater - THE KEY 20Jan61 NYC Guest Cast: Dan Seymour (as Orlando) Lala Rios (as Roberto) Greer is hired to bring up a body from a car that went off a cliff.  Assignment: Underwater - THE DAM 27Jan61 NYC Guest Cast: Myron Healey (as Ben Tolliver) Billy Booth (as Joey) An earthquake cracks "The Dam". To make the dangerous repair Bill hires Ben Tolliver, a man who has previously shown himself to be a coward.  Assignment: Underwater - BOAT MISSING 3Feb61 NYC Guest Cast: Francis De Sales (as Henerson) Ann McCrea (as May Stanley) Jeannie Russell (as Amy) Bill discovers that thousands of dollars worth of jewels are hidden beneath his boat.  Assignment: Underwater - KILLER BAIT 10Feb61 NYC Guest Cast: (no details) While searching for a shell in Pelican Bay, Bill is asked to leave because the yacht of a dignitary is anchored nearby.  Assignment: Underwater - JOURNEY TO DEATH 17Feb61 NYC Guest Cast: Anne Lisa (as Eve Maynard) Pete Brocco (as John Maynard) John Maynard disappears. Greer has one clue: Maynard's plane was spotted in Jivaro head hunter country.  Assignment: Underwater - THE TARGET 24Feb61 NYC Guest Cast: Robert Shayne (as Eldon Howard) The only person who can identify a smuggler called Gregory is Bill - as long as he lives.  Assignment: Underwater - DEAD WEIGHT 3Mar61 NYC Guest Cast: Michael J. Dugan (as Tom Rutherford) Ralph Moody Robert B. Williams Jay Hector While Bill and Tom Rutherford are salvaging steel girders underwater, Tom becomes entangled in the heavy beams.  Assignment: Underwater - GHOST DIVE 10Mar61 NYC Guest Cast: Phyllis Avery (as Marta Farrand) Owen Cunningham (as Roger Farrand) Treasure-hunting Roger Farrand disappears. Bill is hired to find the body, but Farrand's wife Marta is more interested in the booty.  Assignment: Underwater - SWAMP LIGHT 17Mar61 NYC Guest Cast: Burt Douglas (as Coby) Bill is asked to check on the cargo of the sunken freighter "Allegra". He requests directions to the location of the accident, but is given wrong information - deliberately.  Assignment: Underwater - SHIP KILLER 24Mar61 NYC Guest Cast: Stacy Keach (as Captain Joe) Captain Joe is charged with being a "Ship Killer". He tells Bill that he'd rather kill a man than a ship. Bill suspects that he's done just that.  Assignment: Underwater - GOLD FEVER 31Mar61 NYC Guest Cast: Chris Robinson (as Harold) Burt Douglas (as Stan) Norman Sturgis Ric Turner Greer discovers the body of a young man on the ocean floor. Then he discovers two other young men blocking his exit.  Assignment: Underwater - A QUESTION OF DEGREE 7Apr61 NYC Guest Cast: Joe Forte (as Doctor) Bill and Patty are caught in a storm at sea. Bill is swept overboard.  Assignment: Underwater - WITNESS FROM THE DEAD 14Apr61 NYC Guest Cast: Gregg Palmer (as Beal) Charles Aidman (as Joe) Jan Shepard (as Carol) John Close James Parnell Steve Franken Three old friends charter the "Lively Lady" for a reunion. One of them has murder on his mind.  Assignment: Underwater - ANCHOR MAN 21Apr61 NYC Guest Cast: Mary Webster (as Judy) Craig Duncan (as Lester Drake) Robert Osterloh (as Lt. Sampson) James Sikking (as Dave Quinto) Synopsis 1: Bill finds a body pinned under an anchor. He thinks it's professsional diver Dave Quinto. Synopsis 2: A plan to trap a ring of narcotics smugglers goes wrong and Bill becomes the target of the ring's vengeance.  Assignment: Underwater - THE SECRET OF THE REEF 28Apr61 NYC Guest Cast: Tom Drake (as Cass Thomas) Bill wants to dive off the coast of a tiny cannery town, but the townspeople tell him he has to get a license from the town clerk - who's been dead for years. 1.35 [--] Assignment: Underwater - RESCUE AT DIAMOND SHOAL [verified -RF] 05May61 NYC Executive Producer Frank Defelitta/ Produced by Bernard Glasser Teleplay by Elwood Ullman & Edward Bernds / Story by Edward Bernds Directed by Steve Sekely Director of photography Hal McAlpin starring Bill Williams ...... Bill Greer Diane Mountford .... Patty Guest Cast: John Van Dreelan ... Jacques Blanchard Violet Pensing ..... Ilse Traubel Kelly Thorsden ..... Aaron Bates Jarl Victor ........ Lester Campbell * Associate Producer Mort Zarcoff N.T.A. Production Executive Mort Abrahams Supervising editor John F. Schreyer, A.C.E. Assistant Director ... Bob White Film Editor .......... Leon Selditz Camera Operator ...... Jack Willoughby Chief Electrician .... Robert Petzoldt Sound Recording ...... William Bernds Script Supervisor .... Billy Vernon Music ................ Alec Compinsky Casting .............. Stalmaster-Lister Sound ................ Ryder Sound Services Inc Aqua-Lung ............ U.S. Divers Corp. Synopsis 1: Bill and Patty Greer receive an S.O.S. from a man with a thick foreign accent. The men they rescue have no accents, but Patty thinks the accent is no accident. [JK] Synopsis 2: Greer rescues two suspicious men who thank him by running away. [RF]
 Assignment: Underwater - ORDEAL AT FORTY FATHOMS 12May61 NYC Guest Cast: Valerie Allen (as Lisa) Greer's wartime buddy Hibbs is murdered. But before he dies he reveals to the police that he's in on "something big".  Assignment: Underwater - NO ESCAPE 19May61 NYC Guest Cast: Charles Wilcox Rudolph Anders David Renard Freddie Roberts Archeologist Jonathan Banning is trapped when an earthquake floods a tomb.  Assignment: Underwater - PARTNERS IN DEATH 26May61 NYC Guest Cast: Frank Albertson (as Brazil) Robert Ellenstein (as Marti) Two men hire the "Lively Lady" for a fishing trip. But one of them tells Bill that his partner wants to murder him.  Assignment: Underwater - THE DEADLY GAME (final episode) 2Jun61 NYC Guest Cast: Marten Garralaga (Jos� Almay) Marya Stevens Bill is commissioned to rescue kidnapped Jos� Almay from a fortress. ######### Assignment: Underwater ############# ################# the end ################## ############################################## Have you any comments, corrections, episode titles, air dates, production numbers, directors, writers, story/synopsis, guest stars, cast lists, etc? Have you any old videos, or tv guides? Dust them off and let us know if you have any information on this series or any other tv series from the Golden Age of TV, which is missing from any episode guides on the web. Perhaps a certain episode of a particular series coincided with a key moment in your life, or in world events - and or has left a vivid memory of when it was shown. Let us know. Would you like to see any other tv series guides on this site? If so please e-mail The Classic TV Archive - see Feedback below. This guide may be distributed and copied freely, in its entirety, for personal use. All original author and copyright information must remain intact. Any sales or other uses of this document are expressly forbidden, without the specific consent of the author(s). Copyright � The Classic TV Archive. All rights reserved. Return to The Classic TV Archive Home Page Feedback - Adventure Forum