Tales of Tomorrow: Season 1, Episode 39

Appointment on Mars (27 Jun. 1952)

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Three astronauts land on Mars, hoping to find valuable minerals. After discovering a rich deposit of uranium ore, one of the men becomes increasingly paranoid. Is it just his imagination, or are they really being watched?

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Three astronauts land on Mars, hoping to find valuable minerals. After discovering a rich deposit of uranium ore, one of the men becomes increasingly paranoid. Is it just his imagination, or are they really being watched?

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Leslie Nielsen was originally meant to shoot his assailant at the end of the episode. However the prop gun refused to fire, so Neilsen had to strangle his attacker instead. See more »

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Good but the crappy budget really shows on this one.
16 October 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Tales of Tomorrow" was a show much like the later show "Twilight Zone". However, it was different in one important way--the budget appeared to be about $2.49! The sets were usually crappy, the acting rough (mostly because the shows were performed live and they could rarely afford established actors) and the aliens unseen because they couldn't afford the costumes and makeup! In most cases, this wasn't all that bad, but with "Appointment on Mars" it really shows.

The show begins with three astronauts on Mars. No, they are NOT wearing space suits--instead they are in jump suits sitting around a fire--with tents and no oxygen for breathing! Even in 1952, folks knew you could not breathe on Mars and that it was VERY cold--but here they look rather stupid running about a cheap set that looked as un-Mars-like as possible.

It's really a shame, as the story itself is very good. The astronauts (one of which is Leslie Nielsen and another is Brian Keith) begin arguing after they discover a huge cache of uranium. What happens next? See it, as I don't want to spoil the good plot.

Good...but dumb.


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