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Levittown Courier Times (Newspaper) - December 5, 1964, Levittown, Pennsylvania
Basehart plays a voyage for real q it to series demanding for conscientious actor by Edgar Penton Hollywood at first thought Richard Basehart would seem a surprising Choice to Star in an action packed underwater adventure series Abc tvs voyage to the Bottom of the sea. Basehart is not the Iron awed hero Type. Since his first Broadway appearance Iii the heart wrenching role of the doomed scottish Soldier Iii a the Hasty heart a he has Lio ii the actor producers sent for when they needed a sensitive thoughtful highly skilled acting Job. He has been called a the thinking mans a one critic in a flight of lyricism described Basella ids voice As one that a seems to seek unceasingly for the lost and wondrous tones of the English David Hedison the lean darkened actor who plays tax Seaview a skipper commander Lee Crane declares a Dick is one of the five Best actors in it s a steady As she goes Iii the a sea View on a voyage to the Bottom of the sea the Abc to hour Long monday night adventure series. At left Henry bul a who plays chief Curley Jones. At Periscope left Richard Basehart Iii starring role of Admiral Harriman Nelson i in retin charge of the atom powered Glass nosed research sub Robert Dowdell As la commander Chip Morton stands by foreground right David Hedison co starring As commander Lee Crane. Tor comes in. To project a human being not a robot. A take Admiral Harriman Nelson my role in voyage. A when danger threatens he must not immediately cry out a Damn the torpedoes full Speed ahead a with responsibility for the lives of a Hundred men he must face the realization that those torpedoes can Hurt. A the can to take an hour of the viewer s time to decide upon a course of action. But he must make that moment of decision a tense and meaningful # then Basehart posed a question. A have you Ever thought about the philosophical Point of View of the action adventure Story a the interviewer admitted he Hadnot. A neither had i a said Basehart a until i heard myself saying something in a Bull session with an actor Friend. A me were talking about a major theme of the plays of the past few continued on Page 7 a so what is Bas Idiart doing in Aji action series As designer builder of Hie Seaview atom powered Glass nosed submarine an interviewer gets a Basic answer from Basehart a working at my then As lie is apparently something of a mind Reader he amplifies i this a a Shakespeare play or an action adventure Story arc alike Iii this respect a either can in Dull or exciting Good or bad depending on tin approach. A the action movie or television series has been terribly abused at times. Wildly illogical stories. Cheap production. Bored or incompetent actors. A general feeling All along the line of a done to in this series we do care. # a was an actor i do my Best in every scene. Otherwise i would be just wasting my time and the viewers time Hedison Bob Dowdell Henry Bulky a they feel the same Way. A we re playing it the hard Way a for real. Ifs not the Only Way. Action adventure can he done with the Light touch spoofing As Yow go. A that style seems popular at the moment. But we believe that we can catch the viewer up on a feeling of authentic danger. A a we re not aiming for the amused smile. We aim for hearts that beat a Little faster for the big sigh of Relief when the Hole in the Side of the Seaview is repaired just in time when the villains Are foiled but does this kind of Story make any great demands on an actors skill a to a conscientious actor its very demanding a Basehart said. As much As Hamlet a i think ifs difficult for an actor to give a really bad performance of Hamlet. He has so much going for him a time to reveal an Complex character to build up Strong relationships with other characters along with the most spellbinding language Ever written. A but what about the hero of an action piece no time for soliloquies or comment he has a Tough and dangerous Job to do perils and villains to overcome. A and yet he knows that unless he creates Between the lines a fully rounded and believable character the audience wont care whether he gets thrown off that Cliff. A Nihat s where the Job of the a Maurice Chevalier will be guest Star Oil Abc tvs a Bell Telephone hours Colo cast tuesday dec. 8. He will sing some of his most popular French songs and american tunes to which he gives his own gallic touch. This Marks a return to the program for Chevalier who appeared for the first time on the series last Winter. Wow i p Uke to set a in to match the Pecor in my poo Hodge a Quot Vod know a sort of chewed do Bone finish. Quot Chevalier sings Page 3 saturday december 5, 1964
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