Lloyd Bridges (I) decided to leave the show after four seasons because the producers wanted to emphasize cops-and-robbers plots, while he wanted to focus more on environmental themes.
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When the producer wanted Mike Nelson to wear a gray wetsuit, he had to have one specially ordered. Objecting to the high price, the producer bought a can of spray paint, sprayed it himself, and had two of the crew hold Lloyd Bridges (I)' arms up while the paint dried. When it did, Bridges couldn't put his arms down--the dried paint was too stiff. The producer wound up spending the extra money for a gray wetsuit anyway.
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When Lloyd Bridges complained about the weight of his twin air tanks during topside re-takes, the Art Director designed twin tanks made of balsa wood and had them painted silver. Only in the earliest episodes is Bridges using real tanks for above-surface scenes.
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Mike Nelson's boat is called the Argonaut.
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This was the first foreign show ever broadcast in Spain.
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According to the Manchester/Reid biography of Winston Churchill, Churchill rarely watched television but did occasionally enjoy watching this show.
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The Sea Hunt theme music was recorded by several orchestras, including those of Buddy Morrow and Patrick Cowley. In every case the record label credited the composition to "Ray Llewellyn," a mysterious pseudonym believed by most researchers to belong to David Rose. An alternative theory is that "Llewellyn," who also provided the music to I Led 3 Lives (1953), Meet Corliss Archer (1954) and Highway Patrol (1955), was an umbrella pseudonym used by Rose and other composers at Ziv Productions who were working on low-budget or non-union projects.
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