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The Return Of Captain Nemo


The Return Of Captain Nemo

Three Part Television Mini-Series

Year: 1978

Director: Alex March

US Premiere: 8 March 1978

Copyright 1978 Warner Bros. Television

Plot Summary

Three part mini-series where Captain Nemo is thawed out after being frozen for many years in ice, and he saves the world as it is today.


Return of Captain Nemo Episodes

Index Date First Aired Episode Title  
1 8 March 1978 Deadly Blackmail  
2 15 March 1978 Duel in the Deep  
3 22 March 1978 Atlantis Dead Ahead  


The Cast of The Return of Captain Nemo

The Cast of The Return of Captain Nemo

José Ferrer - Captain Nemo
Burgess Meredith - Professor Waldo Cunningham
Tom Hallick - Commander Tom Franklin
Burr DeBenning - Lt. Jim Porter
Lynda Day George - Kate
Mel Ferrer - Dr. Robert Cook
Richard Angarola - Trog
Horst Buchholz - King Tibor
Warren Stevens - Mr. Miller, US Navy Intelligence
Med Flory - Tor
Yale Summers - Sirak
Anthony Geary - Bork
Randolph Roberts - Nautilus Helmsman
David Westberg - Nautilus Crewman in Deadly Blackmail
Harvey Fisher - Nautilus Radioman in Duel in the Deep
Jerry Maren - Caesar
Art Balinger - Announcer
Steve Powers - Lloyd, Engineer
Anthony McHugh - Nautilus Radioman in Deadly Blackmail
Peter Jason - Raven Helmsman
Norman Stevans - President of the United States


Hubie Kerns, Jr.
Paul Stader
Fred Zendar
George Robotham
John Hayes
Mic Rodgers
Brian Williams
Gary Taraman
Mike Cassidy
James J. Stader

Production Crew

Film Editor - Bill Brame, A.C.E.
Director of Photography - Lamar Boren, A.S.C.
Writers - Norman Katkov, Preston Wood, Robert C. Dennis, William Keys, Mann Rubin, Robert Bloch, Larry Alexander
Director - Alex March
Production Executive - Arthur Weiss
Unit Production Manager - Donald C. Klune
Assistant Director - Norman Arthur August
Executive Assistant to the Producer - Art Volpert
Post Production Supervisor - George E. Swink
Music - Richard La Salle
Special Photographic Effects - L. B. Abbott, A.S.C.
Art Directors - Gene Lourie, Duane Alt
Casting - Jack Baur
Director of Underwater Sequences - Paul Stader
Costume Design - Paul Zastupnevich, C.D.G.
Sound Mixer - Al Overton, Jr.
Sound Editor - Allan R. Potter
Music Editor - Eugene Marks
Program Consultant - Herman Rush
Optical Effects - Van Der Veer Photo Effects
Set Decorator John Anderson
Set Designer - Harold Fuhrman
Makeup - John Inzerella
Property - Jackie Ackerman


  • This mini-series was also released as an edited movie called The Amazing Captain Nemo.
  • Mel Ferrer's character has different fates in the mini-series and movie versions of the story.
  • The Return of Captain Nemo was first aired in the US on Wednesday 8 March 1978.
  • Norman Stevans who plays the President was the president of the Screen Extras Guild.
  • Parts of the 8 foot Seaview miniature from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea were used in the construction of the Nautilus.
  • The original Nautilus filming miniature measuring 15 x 22 x 94 inches sold for $5000 at the Profiles in History Hollywood Auction 56 on 28 July 2013.
  • Yale Summers appeared in the Land of the Giants episode Nightmare and is probably best known for starring as Jack Dane in the 1960s series Daktari.

Awards and Nominations


The Return of Captain Nemo, CBS

L.B. Abbott, Special Photographic Effects
Frank Van Der Veer, Optical Effects

Alternative Titles

Austria: Abenteuer in Atlantis
France: Le retour du capitaine Nemo
Germany: Abenteuer Atlantis
Italy: Capitan Nemo, Missione Atlantide

The Nautilus

Nautilus Filming Miniature

The original Nautilus filming miniature sold for $5000 at the Profiles in History Hollywood Auction 56 on 28 July 2013.

The Return of Captain Nemo Nautilus

Scratch Built Nautilus Model

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The Return of Captain Nemo Gallery

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The Amazing Captain Nemo DVD

The Amazing Captain Nemo DVD at Amazon US (#ad)

Note: This is the movie version called The Amazing Captain Nemo, and not the 3 part mini-series.