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 Farragut / ... (6 episodes, 1952-1953)
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 Borden / ... (5 episodes, 1951-1953)
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 Doctor Jarvis / ... (4 episodes, 1951-1952)
Olive Deering ...
 Ginny Walker (4 episodes, 1951-1953)
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 Susan (4 episodes, 1951-1953)
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 Doctor Allen (4 episodes, 1951-1952)
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 Jean / ... (3 episodes, 1952-1953)
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 Henry Judson / ... (3 episodes, 1952-1953)
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 Dr. Maroff / ... (3 episodes, 1951-1952)
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 Announcer (3 episodes, 1951-1952)
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 Captain Nemo / ... (3 episodes, 1951-1952)
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 Gordon Kent (3 episodes, 1951)
Joseph Anthony ...
 Dr. Arthur Fulbright (3 episodes, 1952-1953)
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 Peters / ... (3 episodes, 1952)
Vera Massey ...
 Virginia (3 episodes, 1952)
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 Narrator / ... (3 episodes, 1952)
Sam Locante ...
 Bartender / ... (3 episodes, 1952)
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 Dr. Tyrell / ... (2 episodes, 1952)
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 Dr. Alden / ... (2 episodes, 1952)
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 Andy / ... (2 episodes, 1952)
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 Bart / ... (2 episodes, 1952)
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 Herbert Rand / ... (2 episodes, 1951-1952)
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 Carlotta / ... (2 episodes, 1952-1953)
Phillip Pine ...
 Lt. Hawkins / ... (2 episodes, 1952)
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 Dr. Platan / ... (2 episodes, 1951-1952)
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 Elizabeth / ... (2 episodes, 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 ...
 Charlie / ... (2 episodes, 1952)
Glenn Styres ...
 Airbase Personnel / ... (2 episodes, 1952-1953)
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 Prof. Russell (2 episodes, 1952-1953)
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 Henry / ... (2 episodes, 1952-1953)
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 Angie Fulbright / ... (2 episodes, 1952)
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 Prof. Vanya (2 episodes, 1952)
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 Martenson (2 episodes, 1952)
Paul Tripp ...
 Sam Whipple (2 episodes, 1952)
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 Professor Adrian Sykes (2 episodes, 1951)
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 Congressman Burns (2 episodes, 1952-1953)
Stephen Elliott ...
 Lippitt (2 episodes, 1952-1953)
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 Irwin (2 episodes, 1952-1953)
Ruth Enders ...
 Mary Jarvis (2 episodes, 1952)
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 Edythe (2 episodes, 1952)
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 Dr. John Borrow (2 episodes, 1952-1953)
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 Victor Frankenstein (2 episodes, 1952-1953)
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 Duncan / ... (2 episodes, 1952-1953)
John Boruff ...
 Bill (2 episodes, 1952)
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 Michael (2 episodes, 1952)
John McGovern ...
 Dr. Chappell / ... (2 episodes, 1952-1953)
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 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
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 Dr. Henry Marco (2 episodes, 1952-1953)
John S. Hamilton ...
 Swede (2 episodes, 1952)
Eddie Hyans ...
 Slay (2 episodes, 1952)
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 The Girl (2 episodes, 1952)
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 Host / ... (2 episodes, 1952)
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Luis Van Rooten
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(2 episodes, 1953)
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Anthology series featuring both classic and modern sci-fi themes.

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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 »

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

Soundtracks

Romeo and Juliet
(ballet music)
Written by Sergei Prokofiev
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At Last! On DVD!
10 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The classic January 18, 1952 live TV broadcast of "Frankenstein" with Lon Chaney, Jr. is finally available on DVD!

I had never even heard of this program until I was browsing in my local dollar store and happened to flip through their bin of dollar DVD's and saw a black and orange package bearing the title Tales of Tomorrow with a picture of three men in space suits staring at me.

I picked it up and immediately spotted Thomas Mitchell on the back cover photo. Any television appearance with Thomas Mitchell is worth seeing, but when I saw that the first episode was "Frankenstein," I knew I had a genuine find on my hands!

The three episodes are as follows:

Frankenstein (1-18-52) Starring John Newland and Lon Chaney, Jr. This, of course,is the prize of the lot. Chaney's performance (drunk or not) still hints at the sensitivity and greatness he was capable of. I'm left wondering what he might have done during an "actual" performance.

The Crystal Egg (2-29-52)Stars Thomas Mitchell and is based on a story by H G Wells. Mitchell sees Mars inside the titular crystal egg -which promptly goes missing and there's dirty work afoot!

Appointment on Mars (6-22-52) Leslie Nielsen (looking unusually young and virile) appears as one of a trio of space explorers in this weirdly disturbing drama which comes across as a low-rent adaptation of The Martian Chronicals.


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