Anthology series featuring both classic and modern sci-fi themes.
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Edgar Stehli ...
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 Ginny Walker 4 episodes, 1951-1953
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 Doctor Allen 4 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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 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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 Andy / ... 2 episodes, 1952
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 Carlotta / ... 2 episodes, 1952-1953
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 Lt. Hawkins / ... 2 episodes, 1952
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 Dr. Platan / ... 2 episodes, 1951-1952
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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 ...
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 Henry / ... 2 episodes, 1952-1953
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 Angie Fulbright / ... 2 episodes, 1952
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 Martenson 2 episodes, 1952
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 Sam Whipple 2 episodes, 1952
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 Mary Jarvis / ... 2 episodes, 1952
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 Dr. John Borrow 2 episodes, 1952-1953
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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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Eddie Hyans ...
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 The Girl 2 episodes, 1952
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 Host / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Luis Van Rooten
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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 »

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Romeo and Juliet
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Written by Sergei Prokofiev
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Highly uneven--ranging from embarrassing to brilliant.
3 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

Well before "The Twilight Zone" and "The Outer Limits", there was a similar anthology series on ABC, "Tales of Tomorrow". The show generally was written very well but unfortunately its budget was practically nothing. As a result, some of the shows were just awful (such as "Read To Me, Herr Doktor") because the 'monsters' were just hilariously bad and some were brilliant ("The Window") because these episodes did NOT rely on special effects or aliens. It's a shame, however, that the show has been mostly forgotten--as these later series sure owe it a debt of thanks for paving the way for horror/sci-fi/fantasy anthology shows.

Fortunately, if you want to see the show, you can! Yep, following the links on IMDb or by going straight to archive.org you can download the shows or watch them online for free, as they are in the public domain. Give them a try, you'll likely enjoy them despite their limitations.


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