The Philadelphia Experiment

Synopsis: In 1943, the United States tests an anti-radar system to make the U.S. Navy ships invisible to the enemy. Dr. James Longstreet uses his experiment in the destroyer escort USS Eldridge that disappears from Philadelphia. The sailors David Herdeg and his best friend Jim Parker are projected to 1984, where they meet Allison Hayes. They unsuccessfully try to contact their base and out of the blue Jimmy disappears in a hospital. Allison helps David to visit Jimmy's wife Pamela, but Jimmy refuses to see him. Now David's only hope is meeting Dr. James Longstreet to learn what to do. Will he be well succeeded?
Director(s): Stewart Raffill
Production: Starmaker Entertainment
  1 win & 1 nomination.
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102 min

...but first here with the highlights of the latest news...

8 a.m. Eastern War Time... September 14th.

When the 5th Army advanced to the Gulf of Salerno in Italy...

...extremely heavy fighting continues.

The Germans are using tanks

and elements of three divisions

with Hermann Goering

and the 15th and 16th Panzers.

At one or two points they have regained some

of the ground taken from them in the last day or two,

but the powerful Allied Forces receiving

a steady stream of reinforcements and supplies,

are advancing steadily to gain the foothills

arcing around the coastal plain...

...that we made our landing.

We have firmly established

ourselves in the coastal area,

but as long as German artillery

in place in the foothills...

Come on, James, get some sleep.

We MIGHT have missed something.

A thousand triple checks and

we might have missed something?

James, tomorrow we make history!

See you in the morning.

...back yesterday, which gives a clear picture of the fighting.

Details of an American unit which advanced,

knocking-out 12 enemy tanks...

...the projected backup

is a German counterattack

overrunning one of our observation

posts with several war tanks.

Enemy fighters, approximately a hundred and twenty are...

I really have to talk to you about your friend.

Would you stop that!

What kind of girl do you think I am?

I figured you're the kind that understands

that this might be my last dance.

That's a lot of malarkey and you know it.

All you're doing is taking a joy-ride around the harbor

and getting out of the war for six months.

Isn't that a great excuse though?

We're not going back to the office and that's final.

- Take care of junior for me.

- Okay.

That's more my speed!

How do you fell about an old,

married man who's raring to go?


- Hey, is it okay?

- No, it's not.

- C'mon. Hey, Babe, you wanna cut a rug.

- Why not?

- Motherhood suits ya.

- Is that a compliment?

Yes, it's supposed to.

Jimmy's a lucky guy.

Well, you had your chance.

Yeah, I guess I did.

Want something to drink?

A Coke.

Give me a beer and a Coke.

Hey, there goes the Whiz Kid.

He doesn't look too happy, does he?

Maybe he knows somethin' we don't.

Thanks, Steve, that's just what I wanted to hear.

- Hey, uh, how's it going with Doris?

- None of your business.

When are you going to California?

Tomorrow. Since you're gonna be quarantined

for a month, there's no use in my staying.

Yeah.. hey, say hello to everybody for me, all right?

I will. Have you heard from your dad?

No. He's up at Sacramento. He's not gonna

let the war get in the way of his racing.

Ladies and gentlemen,

this'll be the last dance.

- What?

- The last dance!

See ya, Babe.

- Look after Jimmy for me, will ya?

- Yeah.

Come on, Honey, it's the last dance.

Pam! Davy, look, it's Pam!

Hi, Pam! I hear the baby!

Hi! Hi!

- I love you, Sweetie! I love you! I'll miss you.

I love you!

You worried about losing your job, Joe?

I'll believe it when I see him do it.

Well, we'll find out soon enough.

You fellas goin' on another joy-ride?

Hey, Smitty, I heard your old lady ran off with a Skimmer Puke.

- I heard it was an Airedale.

- I heard it was both of 'em!

Well, we get to go out

without Pam tonight, hotshot!

- Yeah, we'll be in quarantine's time tonight.

- Forget quarantine!

- I got it all worked out, buddy.

- Yeah?

- Good morning, gentlemen.

- Good morning, Sir.

- Is everything in order?

- Yes, Sir.

Have you checked the communications link to the shore?

Yes, Sir! Clear as a bell!

Now hear this:
All visitors prepare to disembark,

except for special sea detail. Prepare to get underway!

- What the hell was that all about?

- I don't know.

Range 2000 yards, bearing 1-2-8.

- No way they're gonna hide this turkey!

- Now you see it, now you don't.

All right, Men, let's concentrate!

Now here this:
Secure the specialty

and anchor detail, set the underway watch.

Experimental detail, prepare for the Rainbow One.

The smoking lamp is out throughout the ship.

Hey, Joe, you've met

Dr. Longstreet and his assistant?

Welcome aboard, Sir.

- Welcome aboard.

- Thank you.

The ships are on-station, Sir.

You can start the generators now, Captain.

Commence operations.

This is Sea Dog to Small Boy,

activate Rainbow One.

This is Small Boy, roger, out.

- All sections, stand-by for countdown.

- Here we go!

- Generators activated, Sir.

- Power to the main field.

I don't believe this!

The Eldridge is beginning to fade, Sir!

She's gone!

I didn't think it was possible.

- She's radar invisible!

- Congratulations, Doctor!

Looks like you've just taken

the entire German fleet out of this war.

- How is it?

- It's gettin' kinda spooky in here!

These are by P which is Greek to me.

Captain Robertson, Sir, it's the cutter.

They say that the Eldridge has vanished!

Of course she has, she's radar invisible!

No, Sir, she's REALLY vanished!

She's gone!

Get me the captain of the Eldridge

on the radio right away!

It's impossible!

Small Boy this is Sea Dog, over.

Small Boy this is Sea Dog.

Shut that down!

Tell the others to kill the generators.


- They've broken-off communications, Sir.

- Keep trying.

Attention all the search

and rescue personnel, stand-by!

Repeat, all search and rescue personnel, stand-by!

What is going on here?

- What is it?

- Shut the damn thing... shut it down!

- Jimmy! Are you okay?

- I'm okay! Get outta here!

Let get the hell outta here!

C'mon! Get up!

What is this? What's goin' on?

- I don't know, what do you see right now?

- The stars, the moon, it's night!

Did you see the ship? I mean did...

you see the ship, the town?

Yeah, yeah, yeah, it's spinnin' around!

What's goin' on here?

- What about your hand?

- It looks okay now, there's nothing wrong with it.

- What the hell is it?

- I don't know... what is that?

It's comin' back again, Davy!

Oh, my god.



Run! Run!

Let go, Jimmy! Let go!

We gotta get outta here!

C'mon! Run!

- You all right?

- Yeah, I'm okay.

- It's the last one.

- Thanks.

- You have any more brilliant ideas?

- Yeah.

We're still in Philadelphia.

This is all part of the experiment.

They did something to our minds!

- There's no desert in Philly.

- Maybe all this isn't real.

Maybe it's a hallucination,

they could've hypnotized us.

Ya know, they do that to people, ya know?

You're tellin' me this is my imagination?

And we're not freezin' our asses off out here?

And they didn't try to kill us last night?

They wouldn't do that!

It's all part of the experiment.

You think the Navy

knows what they're doing?

You saw the guys on the boat. This wasn't

supposed to happen, Jimmy! This is a BIG mistake.

- So what do we do, huh?

- Let's keep on goin'.

- Isn't that water up ahead?

- No, this is a desert, and that's a mirage.

How much longer do you think

this mirage is gonna last?

- What is it?

- Some sorta beer.




Oh, it's so light!

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