Science Fiction Theatre: Season 1, Episode 22

Dead Reckoning (23 Sep. 1955)

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Trouble befalls an Air Force flight crew and their passengers, a meteorologist and his beautiful assistant en route to the Arctic.



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Episode cast overview:
Truman Bradley ...
Host / Narrator
James Craig ...
Capt. John Perry
Steve Brodie ...
Lt. David Cramer
Arleen Whelan ...
Evelyn Raleigh
Lt. Frank Buchanan
Art Lewis ...
Sgt. Cornelius Cooper
Everett Glass ...
Dr. Millard Townsend
Frank Gerstle ...
The Commanding Officer
Tom Anthony ...


Trouble befalls an Air Force flight crew and their passengers, a meteorologist and his beautiful assistant en route to the Arctic.

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Drama | Sci-Fi




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23 September 1955 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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As Dumb as These Guys Are, How Did They Fly the Plane?
14 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a mind numbing episode. A group of fliers take off to investigate an erupting volcano. The lose their altimeter which breaks like a cheap watch and are at the mercy of a dust cloud which obscures their view. The must enlist a junior high science experiment to help figure out where they are. What is really interesting is just how utterly idiotic the crew is. One of them keeps asking stupid questions like a big child. Meanwhile, an eighty something professor says to the usual attractive young woman: "Women don't get along with men who think they are smarter than them." This is a non issue. If the girl had been a pool cue, these guys wouldn't have been as smart. Many of these episode's dialogue involve questions that most anyone could answer. The weird thing is they don't have a clue. Sometimes Science Fiction Theater reminds me of those awful science films I endured in high school where a nerdy guy asks a teacher, covered in chalk dust, about some inane science concept. The only words missing are "Golly gee!"

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