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"'Way Out" The Croaker (1961)

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Philip H. Reisman Jr. (written by)
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
12 May 1961 (Season 1, Episode 6)
A mischievous boy who allows pets to escape, then earns a reward for returning the animals, meets Mr... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Rather silly and yet rather funny. See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

John McGiver ... Mr. Rana
Madeleine Sherwood ... Cora Tench

Rex Everhart ... Fred Tench
Paul E. Richards ... Police Sgt. McGoogin

Richard Thomas ... Jeremy Keeler

Roald Dahl ... Host

Episode Crew
Directed by
Paul Bogart 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Philip H. Reisman Jr.  written by (as Phil Reisman Jr.)

Produced by
Jacqueline Babbin .... producer
David Susskind .... executive producer
Fred Wardenburg .... associate producer
Original Music by
Bob Cobert  (as Robert Cobert)
Set Decoration by
Ken Krausgill 
Costume Design by
Leslie Renfield 
Makeup Department
Ernest Adler .... hair stylist
Dick Smith .... makeup artist
Production Management
Herman Glazer .... production supervisor
Renée Valente .... production manager (as Renee Valente)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Randall Henderson .... associate director (as Randell Henderson)
Art Department
Al Kaytor .... graphic artist
Furth Ullman .... settings designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Barry .... lighting director
Music Department
Ronald W. Noll .... music supervisor
Other crew
Elizabeth Blair .... assistant to producer
Faye Lee .... talent consultant
Ted Miller .... technical director

Series Crew
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Directed by
Daniel Petrie (episode "Heard You Calling Me")
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sumner Locke Elliott  (episode "Heard You Calling Me")

Produced by
Mike Dann .... producer
Set Decoration by
Ted Ralph 
Art Department
Burr Smidt .... settings designer
Other crew
Randall Henderson .... associate director
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Additional Details

USA:26 min (excluding commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

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[first lines]
Announcer:And now, your host, Roald Dahl.
Host:How are you? And how is your love life, you ladies? Because whatever happens, you should always try to realize that men are not nearly so preoccupied with the opposite sex as most women would like to think. Above all, you see, man is a colossal egotist...
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Rather silly and yet rather funny., 1 September 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Back in the day, CBS tried out this short-lived series as a lead-in for "The Twilight Zone". Well, either the public didn't like it or the network execs didn't--all I know is that it lasted only 14 episodes but fortunately several of them are available from site linked to MANY shows and movies on IMDb. And, after having watched several of them, I think it's a shame the show died such an early death. Perhaps it was just too weird for 1961...and I assure you, the show was VERY weird. Like most of the episodes, it's introduced by Roald Dahl and it's done in a very strange manner--one you just have to see to believe.

This show is MEGA-weird but not as creepy as the others I've seen--more the typical sort of stuff Dahl wrote for kids--with dogs who disappear (and may be dead), very bad things happening to people and the like. It begins with a really amoral little kid walking into the home of a very nasty man (John McGiver). If you look closely, you may notice the kid is Richard Thomas--who grew up to be John-Boy on "The Waltons". As for the nasty man, he's a weirdo who plans on turning people into frogs--and the kid is pretty comfortable about this provided he get money out of the deal. How all this comes to a strange an ironic twist at the end is something you'll just have to see for yourself.

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