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Diver Dan - The live-action children's marionette adventure DIVER DAN/SYN/1961 starred Frank Freda as the intrepid ocean explorer Diver Dan who wore a deep sea diving outfit and Suzanne Turner as Miss Minerva his mermaid friend.

Diver Dan Show

Their chief nemesis were Baron Barracuda and his stooge sidekick Trigger Fish who lived in the Sargasso Sea in a cave by Teetering Rock. They continually hatched plans to take over the bottom of the ocean.

Other fish marionettes (voiced by Allen Swift) included, Finley Haddock, Gabby the Clam, Gill-Espie, a bongo-playing beatnik fish, Glow Fish who lived by the Bottomless Pit, Goldie the Goldfish, Hammer-head Shark, Hermit Crab, Sawfish Sam, Scout Fish, who sported an Indian tomahawk and feathers, Sea Biscuit the Seahorse, and Skipper Kipper. The Diver Dan program was produced by Hal Tunis and Louis Kellman and each episode ran seven-minutes in length.


Frank Freda as Diver Dan

"The Ballad of Diver Dan"
(written by Jack Sky)

Below in the deep there's adventure and danger;
That's where you'll find Diver Dan!
The sights that he sees are surprising and stranger
Than ever you'll see on the land!
He moves among creatures
Of frightening features:
Flashing teeth, slashing jaws,
Flapping fins, snapping claws!
He protects and he saves
His friends under the waves;
That's where you'll find Diver Dan!


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