Science Fiction Theatre: Season 1, Episode 6

Stranger in the Desert (13 May 1955)

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Two uranium prospectors find a rich deposit-and a botanist. The botanist has no interest in riches but may have an unworldly motive instead.



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Episode cast overview:
Truman Bradley ...
Host / Narrator
Gil Collins
Gene Evans ...
Bud Porter
Lowell Gilmore ...
John Mitchum ...
Sheriff Grayson
Ralph Bennett ...
Deputy Charlie (as Ray Bennett)


Two uranium prospectors find a rich deposit-and a botanist. The botanist has no interest in riches but may have an unworldly motive instead.

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Drama | Sci-Fi




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13 May 1955 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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With the exception of one interior, the entire episode is shot within the confines of Bronson Canyon, in Los Angeles' Griffith Park. See more »

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Why Are These Guys So Mean?
9 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two men set out in the desert to look for uranium. One is a nasty, mean spirited guy who is ready to make a million dollars prospecting. The men come upon a hot spot which sends the Geiger counter off the charts. They decide to stake a claim and retire. Meanwhile, they come across a shack and meet an eccentric man who is working with plants. Even though the guy is pleasant and non-threatening, they treat him as if he is going to steal their land. He speaks of the wonders of plants, how they take carbon dioxide and return oxygen. He thinks that uranium is a waste of time. Of course, they're not buying that and continue to harass him. It is again the simplistic nature of things that diminishes the effect of the episode. The two men are so utterly clueless it's surprising they have figured out how to drive the Jeep.

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