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Fairbanks narrated, produced and frequently starred in this well-made anthology series which presented everything from drama to mystery to farce. Filmed in England, usually with lesser known actors.
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Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Himself - Host / ... (156 episodes, 1953-1957)

Series Directed by
Lance Comfort (19 episodes, 1953-1957)
Lawrence Huntington (18 episodes, 1953-1956)
Harold Huth (18 episodes, 1955-1956)
Leslie Arliss (15 episodes, 1953-1956)
Derek N. Twist (14 episodes, 1954-1956)
Arthur Crabtree (12 episodes, 1954-1956)
Michael McCarthy (11 episodes, 1954-1956)
Charles Saunders (9 episodes, 1953-1954)
Bernard Knowles (7 episodes, 1953-1956)
Roy Rich (6 episodes, 1955)
Terence Fisher (5 episodes, 1953-1955)
Dennis Vance (5 episodes, 1955-1956)
John Gilling (4 episodes, 1953-1955)
Charles Frank (3 episodes, 1953-1954)
Francis Searle (2 episodes, 1954-1956)
Daniel Birt (1 episode, 1953)
Anthony Young (1 episode, 1954)
Cy Roth (1 episode, 1956)
Barry Delmaine (1 episode, 1957)
David MacDonald (1 episode, 1957)

Harry Horner (unknown episodes)
Joseph Sterling (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Guy Morgan (11 episodes, 1953-1956)
Lawrence B. Marcus (10 episodes, 1953-1955)
Paul Vincent Carroll (7 episodes, 1953-1956)
Derry Quinn (7 episodes, 1953-1956)
Gabrielle Upton (7 episodes, 1953-1955)
Doreen Montgomery (7 episodes, 1953-1954)
Selwyn Jepson (6 episodes, 1953-1956)
Stanley Mann (6 episodes, 1954-1956)
Abby Mann (4 episodes, 1954-1955)
Robert Westerby (3 episodes, 1953-1954)
A.R. Rawlinson (3 episodes, 1954-1956)
Jerome Gruskin (3 episodes, 1954-1955)
Michael McCarthy (3 episodes, 1954-1955)
Leigh Vance (3 episodes, 1954-1955)
Anne Howard Bailey (3 episodes, 1956)
John Sherman (2 episodes, 1954-1955)
Kent Donne (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Joseph Schull (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
John Gilling (2 episodes, 1955)
Paul David (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
Irving Rubine (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
Leslie Arliss (2 episodes, 1956)

Series Produced by
Lance Comfort .... producer (76 episodes, 1954-1957)
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. .... executive producer / producer (59 episodes, 1953-1957)
Harold Huth .... producer (15 episodes, 1955-1957)
Series Original Music by
Allan Gray (27 episodes, 1953-1954)
John Bath (8 episodes, 1954-1957)
Bretton Byrd (7 episodes, 1953-1954)
Robert Gill (3 episodes, 1954)
Cecil Milner (2 episodes, 1954-1956)
Alfred Ralston (2 episodes, 1954-1955)

Von Dexter (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Cedric Williams (7 episodes, 1955-1957)
Eric Cross (5 episodes, 1953-1954)
James Wilson (5 episodes, 1953)
Brendan J. Stafford (4 episodes, 1953)
Kenneth Talbot (3 episodes, 1953-1954)
Series Film Editing by
Peter Pitt (48 episodes, 1954-1957)
Sam Simmonds (6 episodes, 1953)
Francis Bieber (3 episodes, 1953)
Peter Taylor (3 episodes, 1953)
Tom Simpson (2 episodes, 1956)
Series Production Design by
Duncan Sutherland (1 episode, 1954)
Series Art Direction by
Duncan Sutherland (45 episodes, 1954-1957)
Norman G. Arnold (17 episodes, 1953)
Hans Berthel (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Series Makeup Department
Jim Hydes .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1956)
Eileen Warwick .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1956)
Series Production Management
Tom D. Connochie .... production supervisor (10 episodes, 1953)
Barry Delmaine .... production manager (5 episodes, 1956-1957)
Herman Blaser .... executive in charge of production (3 episodes, 1953)
Peter Marriott .... production supervisor (2 episodes, 1953)
Donald Taylor .... executive in charge of production / production supervisor (2 episodes, 1953)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Percy Hermes .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1956)
Series Sound Department
Fred Turtle .... sound / sound recordist (4 episodes, 1953-1956)
Harry Benson .... sound (2 episodes, 1953)
Wally Milner .... sound (2 episodes, 1953)
Harry Booth .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1956)
Leonard Bulkley .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1956)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Cecil Cooney .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1956)
Series Editorial Department
Peter Pitt .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 1953)
Series Music Department
Bretton Byrd .... composer: stock music / musical director / ... (17 episodes, 1955-1957)
John Bath .... composer: stock music (11 episodes, 1955-1956)
Alfred Ralston .... composer: stock music (8 episodes, 1955-1956)
Cecil Milner .... composer: stock music (6 episodes, 1955-1956)
Leighton Lucas .... composer: stock music (4 episodes, 1955)
Robert Gill .... composer: stock music (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
Jack Beaver .... composer: stock music (3 episodes, 1956)
Series Other crew
Lawrence B. Marcus .... story supervisor / script supervisor (5 episodes, 1953)
Guy Morgan .... story supervisor / script supervisor (5 episodes, 1954-1957)

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Also Known As:
"Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents" - USA (original title)
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Germany:23 min | UK:30 min (156 episodes)
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From January 1953 to October 1955, this program was broadcast on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) on Wednesday evenings between 10:30 and 11:00 PM Eastern Time.See more »
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Unforgettable Sci-Fi Episode, 28 January 2005
Author: jimm-8 from Derby, England

I watched "The Man Who Heard Everything" only once, nearly 50 years ago, and have never seen it since, but it was one of those extraordinary tales that once seen can never be forgotten. From the Douglas Fairbanks series commissioned by NBC, it was made in England, but premiered in America in 1954. I just happened to see the first English screening on Tuesday, 10 April 1956 at 4pm on the newly opened Midlands ITV region. (I was eight, my sister was four). The half-hour story begins with Michael Gough driving along while eating a bag of sweets. He bends down to see if any are left in the bag, and crashes the car. Awaking in hospital he discovers that his powers of hearing have phenomenally increased. Visiting wife Brenda Bruce has to talk in whispers, and even the rustling of flowers is deafening. Returning home, he has to wear muffling around his head and fix mattresses round the walls to keep out the noise. The condition worsens, but the problem is not so much the volume as the "filtering through" of sounds from far away. He hears people talking in different languages from miles away, even whole countries away. Eventually --- and this is real twilight zone stuff --- he picks up the voice of a desperately lonely woman communicating to him from another planet. Luckily, crazy ear doctor Lloyd Pearson invents an operation to cure the problem, but right up to surgery the E.T. lady pleads with her would-be lover not to desert her. The writer of this forgotten masterpiece was Lawrence B. Marcus (aka Larry Marcus) who many years later would become an Oscar nominee, but this was surely his best story. Even though it was watched by an impressionable 8-year-old and would no doubt seem a bit creaky today, it still takes some beating to be remembered vividly after half a century. If anyone does get the chance to see this again, please make allowances for the fact that my review was written 50 years after the viewing!

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