Anthology series featuring both classic and modern sci-fi themes.
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



2   1  
1953   1952   1951  

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Lights Out (1946–1952)
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Lights Out was an extremely popular American old-time radio program, an early example of a network series devoted mostly to horror and the supernatural, predating Suspense and Inner Sanctum... See full summary »

Stars: Frank Gallop, Jack La Rue, Mercer McLeod
Thriller (1960–1962)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Anthology series hosted by Boris Karloff that originally told ordinary tales of crime and mystery, but later became a showcase for gothic horror stories, many of which were based on works ... See full summary »

Stars: Boris Karloff, Richard Peel, Henry Daniell
The Veil (TV Mini-Series 1958)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An anthology of horror stories hosted by actor Boris Karloff.

Stars: Boris Karloff, Denise Alexander, Tod Andrews
One Step Beyond (1959–1961)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Produced at the same time as the more well-known Twilight Zone, this series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional ... See full summary »

Stars: John Newland, Robert Douglas, Olan Soule
Science Fiction Theatre (1955–1957)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

In this science-fiction anthology series host Truman Bradley introduces stories extrapolated from actual scientific data available in the 1950's, concentrating on such concepts as space ... See full summary »

Stars: Truman Bradley, Marshall Thompson, Michael Fox
Out There (1951–1952)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Innovative anthology series was one of the first adult-oriented science fiction series of the early-fifties and probably suffered for it. Teleplays were adapted from the best science ... See full summary »

Stars: Casey Allen, Robert Webber, Arthur Batanides
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
Cameron Prud'Homme ...
Edgar Stehli ...
 Burroughs / ... 4 episodes, 1951-1952
Theo Goetz ...
 Doctor Jarvis / ... 4 episodes, 1951-1952
...
 Ginny Walker 4 episodes, 1951-1953
...
...
 Doctor Allen 4 episodes, 1951-1952
...
...
...
...
...
 Captain Nemo / ... 3 episodes, 1951-1952
...
 Gordon Kent 3 episodes, 1951
Joseph Anthony ...
 Dr. Arthur Fulbright 3 episodes, 1952-1953
...
Vera Massey ...
 Virginia 3 episodes, 1952
...
 Narrator / ... 3 episodes, 1952
Sam Locante ...
 Bartender / ... 3 episodes, 1952
...
 Dr. Tyrell / ... 2 episodes, 1952
...
...
 Andy / ... 2 episodes, 1952
...
...
...
 Carlotta / ... 2 episodes, 1952-1953
...
 Lt. Hawkins / ... 2 episodes, 1952
...
 Dr. Platan / ... 2 episodes, 1951-1952
...
Mel Ruick ...
 Dr. Jack Farleigh / ... 2 episodes, 1951-1952
Truman Smith ...
 Cap Zanser / ... 2 episodes, 1952
William Kemp ...
 Sargeant / ... 2 episodes, 1953
Skedge Miller ...
Glenn Styres ...
 Airbase Personnel / ... 2 episodes, 1952-1953
...
...
 Henry / ... 2 episodes, 1952-1953
Vicki Cummings ...
 Angie Fulbright / ... 2 episodes, 1952
...
...
 Martenson 2 episodes, 1952
Paul Tripp ...
 Sam Whipple 2 episodes, 1952
...
...
Stephen Elliott ...
...
Ruth Enders ...
 Mary Jarvis / ... 2 episodes, 1952
...
...
 Dr. John Borrow 2 episodes, 1952-1953
...
...
John Boruff ...
...
John McGovern ...
 Dr. Chappell / ... 2 episodes, 1952-1953
...
 Elise the maid / ... 2 episodes, 1951-1952
Farrell Pelly ...
 Matthew the butler / ... 2 episodes, 1951-1952
Arthur Tell ...
 Doctor Thorne / ... 2 episodes, 1952
John McQuade
...
John S. Hamilton ...
Eddie Hyans ...
...
 The Girl 2 episodes, 1952
...
 Host / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Luis Van Rooten
Edit

Storyline

Anthology series featuring both classic and modern sci-fi themes.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 August 1951 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(84 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In a production of "Frankenstein," Lon Chaney Jr. played the monster. An urban legend states that Chaney was intoxicated during the live TV broadcast, due to his heavy drinking. In the broadcast (which is available on YouTube), Chaney is handed a chair - but instead of smashing it, he sets it down, and shouts "Break! Break!" while making smashing motions with his hands. However, Chaney later explained in an interview that he was not drunk. Before the broadcast, he had spent four hours in the makeup chair, having his monster makeup applied. When the performance started, Chaney assumed it was a dress rehearsal, and thus, did not break the chair when it was handed to him. Between scenes, the director informed Chaney that the broadcast was happening live, so in subsequent scenes, Chaney didn't hold back and freely broke pieces of the set. (In the YouTube video of the broadcast, he falls out a window and later smashes Dr. Frankenstein's lab equipment.) See more »

Connections

Featured in Classic Sci-Fi TV: 150 Episodes (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Romeo and Juliet
(ballet music)
Written by Sergei Prokofiev
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The First Sci-Fi Series on TV
16 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

I have never heard anything about this series, therefore I cannot guarantee whether it was broadcast by the Brazilian TV in the 50's. I have just bought this DVD and enjoyed the three episodes of about 20 minutes running time each:

"Frankenstein", with Lon Chaney Jr., is the less original of the three. It is a theatrical representation of Frankenstein, a short version of the story. My vote is six.

"The Crystal Egg" ("O Ovo de Cristal"), a tale of H.G. Wells, is certainly the best episode. The ambitious owner of a shop, Mr. Cave (Edgar Stehli), has a client with a great interest in a cheap crystal egg, and he decides to consult Prof. Vaneck (Thomas Mitchell) about what might be the weird object. Prof. Vaneck finds the landscape of Mars in the egg, and becomes obsessed by his discovery. He tries to keep the crystal egg for him, and the story has a tragic end. The direction of Charles S. Dubin keeps the attention of the viewer until the last scene. My vote is seven.

"Appointment on Mars" ("Encontro em Marte") presents three explorers - Captain Robert "Robbie" (Leslie Nielsen), Bart (William Redfield) and Jack (Robert Keith Jr.) – that find uranium in Mars. They have to share their findings with the sponsor of the expedition, and the atmosphere and greed seem to affect the group. The direction of Don Medford is only reasonable, and the tragic surprising conclusion does not work well. My vote is five.

In the end, "Tales of Tomorrow" is a worthwhile entertainment as a whole, especially to satisfy the curiosity of how was the first sci-fi series on TV. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Contos da Escuridão" ("Tales From the Darkness")


12 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page