Tales of Tomorrow: Season 2, Episode 8

Many Happy Returns (24 Oct. 1952)

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An alien on the Moon persuades an Earth boy to build a gadget, accidentally electrocuting the boy's father, who disbelieves the machine can work with no visible power-source. The alien ... See full summary »

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An alien on the Moon persuades an Earth boy to build a gadget, accidentally electrocuting the boy's father, who disbelieves the machine can work with no visible power-source. The alien telepathically communicates instructions to the thrilled boy, who's reluctant to be candid with his family, referring to the hideous creature merely as Mr. White, a handyman helping him with a basement science project. Written by David Stevens

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Probably the inspiration for a later "Outer Limits" episode.
17 September 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A while back, I saw a wonderful episode of "The Outer Limits" called "The Special One". In it, an alien used charm to get children to do his evil bidding--to build machines and to help him in some nefarious master plan. Tonight, when watching "Many Happy Returns", I realized that this 1952 episode of "Tales of Tomorrow" MUST have inspired, in part, this "Outer Limits" show a decade later. Both are well worth your time.

"Many Happy Returns" stars Gene Raymond--a very famous actor of the 1930s who had practically disappeared from films by the 1950s. He's a father who is beginning to become worried about his young son. That's because the kid is making some weird electronics--stuff well beyond a kid's capabilities. And the boy keeps telling him that 'Mr. White' has told him how to make this machine! It turns out that the machine MAY have something to do with an invasion of the Earth or our destruction! What is this father to do?! This episode works for two main reasons. The biggest one is because it was written very, very well. You can't help but enjoy the show and get into the tense plot. In addition, the acting was quite good. Well worth your time and available free to watch from archive.org--a site often linked to films and TV shows on IMDb.


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