Tales of Tomorrow: Season 2, Episode 30

Past Tense (3 Apr. 1953)

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Physician invents a time machine to go back in time and make a fortune by selling penicillin to a pharmaceutical firm. His wife is more concerned about paying bills because he's neglecting ... See full summary »

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Dr. Henry Marco
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Allen Nourse ...
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Physician invents a time machine to go back in time and make a fortune by selling penicillin to a pharmaceutical firm. His wife is more concerned about paying bills because he's neglecting his practice, so she threatens to destroy the device. If she does, could he be trapped in the past? Written by David Stevens

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Totally Lacking in Irony
11 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I guess Boris Karloff could use a buck or two so he agreed to do this show. This is another one of those episodes where a couple minutes of thought could have led to at least an effort to make the plot interesting. Boris has created a time machine and has plans to introduce wonderful things from the future (1953) into other times. The target item is penicillin which he hopes to introduce to medical people, making a fortune in the process. Unfortunately, he is seen as a crackpot. Because a true explanation of his gift makes him sound crazy, he can't pull it off. The thing that is lacking is that he never has a chance. A character has to at least have some hope of succeeding. It's not here.


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