Science Fiction Theatre: Season 1, Episode 18

The Lost Heartbeat (19 Aug. 1955)

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A young doctor who's been experimenting with heart surgery is visited by his former teacher. Elderly Dr. Crane's time is short due to his bad ticker. Armed with a newly-developed miniature ... See full summary »

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Truman Bradley ...
Host / Narrator
Zachary Scott ...
Dr. Richard Marshall
Walter Kingsford ...
Dr. John Crane
Jan Shepard ...
Joan Crane
Tom McKee ...
Bill - doctor with package (as Thomas McKee)
John Mitchum ...
Mr. Evans
Ted Thorpe ...
Houseboy
Gordon Wynn ...
Doctor who asks 'Did you locate Dr. Marshall?'
Pierce Lyden ...
Anesthetist
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A young doctor who's been experimenting with heart surgery is visited by his former teacher. Elderly Dr. Crane's time is short due to his bad ticker. Armed with a newly-developed miniature battery, he hopes to convince the surgeon to use the power source to run an artificial heart he wants implanted in his chest. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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Think of the Implications
13 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Zachary Scott is a researcher, doing work with the hearts of various animals, including an aging Orangutan. He has done admirable work. One night he is visited by an old professor of his. He is a crotchety old guy who snarls and complains. He also needs a working heart, or he will die before he completes some research. This is a twofold story. It is about the ability to create and artificial heart and to produce a battery that can sustain it once it is installed. The story is simple and pretty bland, but the talk of things like transplants, artificial hearts, sustainable batteries make it much more immediate than was probably supposed. Even in 1955, there must have been some serious talk about these things. It wasn't long after this that the first transplant took place and the first man-made heart was a reality. Watch this for its medical implications.


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