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The Tale of the Phone Police 

Jake O'Brien loves to make prank phone calls. Unfortunately, people who mess with the telephone get taken away by the sinister phone police and once they catch you, you will never have existed.

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Marcus Turner ...
Jake O'Brien
Ryan Kent ...
Chris
Marlowe Dawn ...
Annie O'Brien
Nancy Wood ...
Receptionist
Griffith Brewer ...
Phone Clerk
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Pizza Delivery Guy
Jason Alisharan ...
Ross Hull ...
Raine Pare-Coull ...
Jodie Resther ...
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Sam (as Joanna Garcia)
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Jake O'Brien loves to make prank phone calls. Unfortunately, people who mess with the telephone get taken away by the sinister phone police and once they catch you, you will never have existed.

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29 January 1994 (Canada)  »

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Trivia

Was the basis for the 'Weird Al' Yankovic song "Phony Calls", a parody of TLC's "Waterfalls". See more »

Goofs

The address of Jake's house is shown as 382, but when the pizza delivery man realized he's at the wrong address, he says it's 328. See more »

Quotes

Annie O'Brien: [to Jake and Chris] What are you two yams talking about?
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Are You Afraid of the Dark? Theme
Arranged and produced by Ray Fabi
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Prankster Jake finds out the real horror of being disconnected.
14 May 2014 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Written by David Preston, this particular campfire tale is more about the fun than the frights, but it's enjoyable enough.

Jake (Marcus Turner) is a young lad who likes to make prank phone calls, often trying to encourage his friend, Chris (Ryan Kent), to join in with the fun. Jake's sister, Annie (Marlowe Dawn), warns him about the Phone Police. Jake, of course, doesn't believe her tale. He changes his mind, however, when those figures whisk him away, and make it seem as if he never existed. Chris remembers Jake, but nobody else does.

Director Jean-Marie Comeau does a decent job here. The emphasis is on the bizarre, but it moves along quickly enough to stop viewers from thinking too much about the ridiculousness of it all. Almost.

Turner and Kent are both fine in their roles, and Dawn is okay as the standard big sister who finds herself often exasperated by her sibling.

Not one of the spookiest episodes of the show, but this is still decent entertainment. Passable, if far from the best.


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