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Release Date:
9 April 1955 (USA) See more »
Strange stories based on true facts that will amaze and intrigue you. See more »
In this science-fiction anthology series host Truman Bradley introduces stories extrapolated from actual scientific data available in the 1950's... See more »
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Being Both Entertaining & Informative;Excellent Anthology of Well Written, Hignly Intentioned Stories of Tomorrow, Today! (well back in the 1950's, anywho!) See more (23 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 1 of 113)
Truman Bradley ... Narrator / ... (78 episodes, 1955-1957)

Series Directed by
Herbert L. Strock (19 episodes, 1955-1956)
Paul Guilfoyle (15 episodes, 1955-1957)
Eddie Davis (13 episodes, 1955-1957)
Henry S. Kesler (7 episodes, 1955)
Tom Gries (5 episodes, 1955-1956)
Jack Arnold (4 episodes, 1955)
Leigh Jason (4 episodes, 1955)
Leon Benson (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
Jack Herzberg (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
Alvin Ganzer (2 episodes, 1955)
Series Writing credits
Ivan Tors (23 episodes, 1955-1956)
Stuart Jerome (9 episodes, 1955-1956)
Lou Huston (8 episodes, 1955-1957)
Arthur Weiss (6 episodes, 1955-1957)
Doris Gilbert (6 episodes, 1955-1956)
Norman Jolley (5 episodes, 1955-1956)
Lee Hewitt (4 episodes, 1955-1956)
Ellis Marcus (4 episodes, 1955-1956)
Hendrik Vollaerts (4 episodes, 1955-1956)
Jerry Sackheim (4 episodes, 1955)
Robert Smith (3 episodes, 1955-1957)
Robert M. Fresco (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
Tom Gries (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
Sloan Nibley (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
Thelma Schnee (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Richard Joseph Tuber (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
George Van Marter (2 episodes, 1955)
Meyer Dolinsky (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
George Asness (2 episodes, 1956)
Peter R. Brooke (2 episodes, 1956)
Joel Rapp (2 episodes, 1956)
Eric Freiwald (1 episode, 1955-1958)

Laurence Heath (unknown episodes)
George Kenyon (unknown episodes)
Jack Rock (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Ivan Tors .... producer (14 episodes, 1955-1956)
Frederick W. Ziv .... executive producer (10 episodes, 1955-1956)

Maurice Ziv .... executive producer / producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Jack Shaindlin (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Curt Fetters (31 episodes, 1955-1957)
Robert Hoffman (25 episodes, 1955-1956)
Monroe P. Askins (16 episodes, 1955-1956)
Series Film Editing by
John B. Woelz (29 episodes, 1955-1957)
Thomas Scott (16 episodes, 1955-1957)
Duncan Mansfield (12 episodes, 1955-1956)
Charles Craft (8 episodes, 1955-1956)
Asa Boyd Clark (3 episodes, 1955)
Series Art Direction by
William Ferrari (1 episode, 1955)

Robert Kinoshita (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Bruce MacDonald (21 episodes, 1955-1957)
Clarence Steensen (15 episodes, 1956)
Vin Taylor (11 episodes, 1955)
Lucien Hafley (6 episodes, 1955-1956)
Lyle B. Reifsnider (5 episodes, 1955)
Series Makeup Department
George Gray .... makeup artist (42 episodes, 1955-1957)
Series Production Management
Ivan Tors .... in charge of production / executive in charge of production (55 episodes, 1955-1957)
Barry Cohon .... production supervisor (28 episodes, 1956-1957)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eddie Stein .... assistant director (20 episodes, 1955-1957)
Donald Verk .... assistant director (13 episodes, 1955-1956)
Harry Jones .... second assistant director / assistant director (8 episodes, 1955)
Bobby Ray .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 1955-1956)
Bert Chervin .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1955)
Ralph Slosser .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1955)
Joe Wonder .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1955)
Erich von Stroheim Jr. .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
Bert Glazer .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1956)
Jay Sandrich .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1956)
Edmond F. Bernoudy .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1955)
Richard McWhorter .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1955)
Willard Kirkham .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1956)

Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Mack V. Wright .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Max Pittman .... property master (55 episodes, 1955-1957)
Jack T. Collis .... set designer (34 episodes, 1955-1956)
Archie Hall .... construction chief (16 episodes, 1955-1956)
Robert Kinoshita .... set designer (14 episodes, 1956-1957)
Ygnacio Sepulveda .... property master (3 episodes, 1956)
Victor E. Petrotta Sr. .... assistant prop man / props (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Eugene C. Stone .... assistant property master / property master (2 episodes, 1955)
Series Sound Department
Quinn Martin .... audio supervisor (34 episodes, 1955-1957)
Garry A. Harris .... sound mixer (33 episodes, 1955-1956)
Jay Ashworth .... sound mixer / audio supervisor (24 episodes, 1955-1957)
Gus Galvin .... sound supervisor / sound editor (21 episodes, 1955-1956)
Sidney Sutherland .... sound editor / sound supervisor (18 episodes, 1955-1956)
Monroe Martin .... sound editor (12 episodes, 1955-1957)
Elmer Haglund .... boom operator (6 episodes, 1955-1956)
Bill Flannery .... boom operator (5 episodes, 1955-1956)
Larry Golding .... sound recordist (5 episodes, 1955)
Robert Post .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 1955)
Chuck Overhulser .... sound editor (4 episodes, 1956)
Lawrence Kaufman .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
Philip Mitchell .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Jim Flannery .... boom operator (2 episodes, 1955)
Herman Lewis .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 1956)
Series Special Effects by
Harry Redmond Jr. .... special effects / special scientific effects (58 episodes, 1955-1957)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Richard L. Rawlings .... camera operator (27 episodes, 1955-1956)
Donald Tait .... video supervisor (26 episodes, 1956-1957)
Mel Bledsoe .... grip (10 episodes, 1955-1956)
James Bell .... assistant camera / assistant cameraman / ... (9 episodes, 1955-1956)
Carl Miksch .... grip / key grip (8 episodes, 1955-1957)
F. Bud Mautino .... second camera / second cameraman (6 episodes, 1955)
Edward E. Nugent .... assistant camera / first assistant cameraman (4 episodes, 1955-1956)
S.H. Barton .... gaffer (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
Richard M. Rawlings Jr. .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
John Millman .... gaffer (3 episodes, 1955)
Joe Wharton .... chief set electrician / gaffer (3 episodes, 1955)
Monroe P. Askins .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1955)
Coley Kessinger .... grip (2 episodes, 1955)
Ted Mathew .... grip (2 episodes, 1955)
Harold Kraus .... electrician (2 episodes, 1956)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alfred Berke .... wardrobe / assistant costume designer (48 episodes, 1955-1956)
Frank Tauss .... wardrobe (5 episodes, 1955)
Series Editorial Department
Donald Tait .... editorial supervisor (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
Series Music Department
Milton Lustig .... music editor (6 episodes, 1955-1956)
Joe Inge .... music editor (2 episodes, 1957)

Ray Bloch .... composer: theme music (unknown episodes)
Hayes Pagel .... music editor (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Joe Wonder .... production coordinator / production supervisor (47 episodes, 1955-1957)
Maxwell Smith .... scientific advisor: electronics and radar operation / scientific advisor: electronics and radiation / ... (40 episodes, 1955-1956)
Donald Tait .... film coordinator (28 episodes, 1955-1956)
Larry Lund .... script supervisor (27 episodes, 1955-1956)
Jean Lippman .... script supervisor (10 episodes, 1956-1957)
Billy Vernon .... script supervisor (9 episodes, 1955)
Helen Gailey .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1955)
Jane Fricker .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1955)
Wandra Ramsey .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
Joe Franklin .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1956)

Noreen Cantrell .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)

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25 min (78 episodes)
Black and White (season 2) | Color (season 1)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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In contrast to the standard procedure in the 1960s, the first season was filmed in color and to cut costs the second season was in black & white. The producers had originally thought that color TV would progress faster than it did.See more »
[last lines of each episode]
Host:I hope you enjoyed our story. We'll be back one week from today with another exciting adventure from the world of fiction and science. Untill then, this is your host, Truman Bradley, saying, see you next week.
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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Being Both Entertaining & Informative;Excellent Anthology of Well Written, Hignly Intentioned Stories of Tomorrow, Today! (well back in the 1950's, anywho!), 22 October 2007
Author: John T. Ryan ( from United States

Saturday night, at 11:00P.M. was a special time in our house. In the years of 1955-57, we had "SCIENCE FICTION THEATRE". It was one of the more successful of the early Syndicated Series*.

In our market, Chicago, it was available for viewing over the local NBC TV Affiliate, WNBQ TV, Channel 5. (The station is still going strong today, albeit with a minor surgical alteration to WMAQ TV**.

And we can well remember just who was the sponsor for "SCIENCE FICTION THEATRE" in our town was. It was that outstanding scientific marvel, Bromo Selzer. The commercials were done with the host, Mr. Truman Bradley.

As to Truman Bradley, he was the host who gave us the premise with which we would be working, during the following half-hour. Hisir carefully set-up demonstrations and equally contrived explanations, all meant to cover no more than 2 minutes of screen time. Of course then, we would sit amazed at the skills demonstrated by this Scientific Wonder, even greater than Don Herbert, aka 'Mr. Wizard'! So it was that every Episode would open up with the sounding of a very distinctive and appropriate theme. This was a trademark of Ziv Television Productions, as well as their use of Syndication, which seemed to be a method of getting the stories out which just about every one of the Ziv Series used.

As the Theme (by Hollywood Veteran Screen Composer, Jack Shaindlin) continued, we a given a downward moving, panoramic view of just about the neatest collection of cool science stuff that you would ever see! Of course, we didn't know what one from the other, as to their uses, but, SO WHAT! After this introductory sequence, it was off to the story! Being science fiction gave it a real wide selection of topics and the creative team did pursue the widest of parameters imaginable. Approximately 22 minutes and two Acts later, it was back to Truman's neat Science Lab, the moral of the story and the final closing.

With the closing, we got this admonition: "Well good-bye for now, until next week, from the World of Fiction and Science!" And then we would hear that Jack Shaindalin Theme once more, and have an upward moving Panaramic View, just bass-ackwards of the opening. While this was happening, we observe our Scientific Wizard, Mr. Truman Bradley, sitting at his huge desk, studiously reading some unknown periodical, a highly esoteric Scientific Journal, no doubt.

The series had quite a few episodes over its two full seasons' run in spectacular Syndication, and we are hard pressed to remember their repeating stories or themes, even. And in addition to the Science Fiction aspects, their stories held up a great hope for the future dignity and tolerance of all of man's ideas.

And just imagine the shock when we found our own personal Scientist of Scientists, Truman Bradley, helping out Spencer Tracy(as Major Robert Rogers) in waging the French and Indian Wars in NORTHWEST PASSAGE (MGM, 1940)! Truman, how could you!

NOTE: * Some of the most successful Syndicated TV Series of the Era were: "SEA HUNT"(1958-61), "HIGHWAY PATROL"(1955-59), "I LED 3 LIVES"(1953-56) and "RAMAR OF THE JUNGLE"(1955-57). Of the 4 series all but Arrow Productions' "RAMAR OF THE JUNGLE" were Ziv/United Artists Television Productions.

NOTE ** Several years later, WNBQ changed its call letters to WMAQ, which were the call letters of the now defunct NBC Radio Station-a Flagship Station of the NBC Radio Network

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