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"The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse" The Psychophonic Nurse (1954)

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Richard Collins (teleplay)
Fenton Earnshaw (teleplay)
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Original Air Date:
5 February 1954 (Season 1, Episode 19)
A couple of new parents are unable to keep a nanny because none will follow the clinical rules in a new child-rearing book... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Leslie H. Martinson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Collins  teleplay
Fenton Earnshaw  teleplay (as Fenton W. Earnshaw)
David H. Keller  story

Cinematography by
John MacBurnie 
Film Editing by
Richard G. Wray 
Art Direction by
Martin Obzina 
Set Decoration by
James Redd  (as James S. Redd)
Makeup Department
Jack Barron .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Hogan .... assistant director (as James Hogan)
Sound Department
William H. Lynch .... sound (as William Lynch)
Editorial Department
Richard C. Currier .... editorial supervisor (as Richard Currier)
Series Cast
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Anita Colby ... Host

Polly Bergen ... Host

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Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Sci -Fi episode about love and Robots, 27 December 2012
Author: gordonl56 from Canada

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The Psychophonic Nurse - 1954 - Pepsi Playhouse

Electronics engineer, Lee Marvin and writer, Joanne Davis are the proud parents of bouncing little girl. The two have decided to follow teachings of a Dr. Spock type wacko. They refuse to give any emotional affection to the child. A problem pops up right away in that every nanny they hire refuses to go along with their rules and quits. "A baby needs love and attention," they all say.

Marvin decides he will build a electronic nanny/nurse to take care of the child. That way Davies can continue with her writing. They give the robot a human form and face and program it to care for the child.

This works well till Marvin realizes that he does enjoy holding and playing with the child. He builds a lookalike robot so he can sneak the baby out for walks etc.

This works fine till a sudden storm knocks over a tree catching Marvin under it. Davis comes looking for them and discovers that is impossible for her to avoid emotions as well. They quickly unplug the nanny/nurse and toss the child rearing books out.

The rest of the cast includes, Karen Lilly, Effie Laird, Mary Menzies The director was Leslie Martinson while the d of p was John MacBurnie.


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