The episode was entitled "The Thirty-Fathom Grave". It orignally aired on January 10, 1963. The USS Mullinnix was shown steaming in the opening scene of the episode and the closing scene as well. Video of the Mullinnix appeared to have been taken from the USS Edson DD-946. The interior and on-board filming of the episode was done on the USS Edson as well.

Were the Mighty Mux meets The Zone...

Click on the Mullinnix picture above to listen to opening monologue of this episode
starring the USS Mullinnix DD-944 and the USS-Edson DD946.

Click on opening scene to watch a video clip of Mullinnix in action on the Twilight Zone.


Captain and OOD on bridge
"Incident one hundred miles off the coast of Guadalcanal. Time: the present. The United States naval destroyer (USS Mullinnix DD944) on what has been a most uneventful cruise. In a moment, they're going to send a man down thirty fathoms to check on a noise maker - someone or something tapping on metal. You may or may not read the results in a naval report, because Captain Beecham and his crew have just set a course that will lead this ship and everyone on it into the Twilight Zone."
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Twilight Zone 4th Season
EpisodeThe Thirty-Fathom Grave
WriterRod Serling
DirectorPerry Lafferty
ProducerHerbert Hirschman
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
CastChief Bell: Mike Kellin
CO Beecham: Simon Oakland
OOD: Bill Bixby
Captain Beecham and his crew are investigating a sunken submarine, when they pick up a tapping sound coming from inside it. Chief Bell sees the ghosts of young seamen in the corridor, and he confesses to the ship's doctor that he was on the sub, and it was his fault it sank. He thens jumps overboard and drowns. Later, a diver reports that a section of periscope was loose and that was the source of the tapping. However, one of the dead crewmen did have a hammer in his hand.Underwater diver

CO and OOD
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Closing Dialogue
to listen.

"Small naval engagement, the month of April, 1963. Not to be found in any historical annals. Look for this one filed under 'H' for haunting - in the Twilight Zone."

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This video clip shows the Mighty Mux in the closing scene of this episode.

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