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"Tales of Tomorrow" Past Tense (1953)

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Tales of Tomorrow: Season 2: Episode 30 -- Blast off for excitement with television's first science fiction hit! The trendsetter for such shows as The Twilight Zone and Star Trek, this live weekly program features a strong roster of guest stars and gripping storylines still fascinating today.


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Willie Gilbert (teleplay)
Jack Weinstock (teleplay)
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Original Air Date:
3 April 1953 (Season 2, Episode 30)
Physician invents a time machine to go back in time and make a fortune by selling penicillin to a pharmaceutical firm... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast)

Boris Karloff ... Dr. Henry Marco
John McGovern ... Dr. Laskey
Katherine Meskill ... Jane
Allen Nourse ... Bonzy
Robert F. Simon ... Dr. Giles

Episode Crew
Directed by
Don Medford 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Willie Gilbert  teleplay
Robert F. Lewine  story
Jack Weinstock  teleplay

Sound Department
Nick Carbonaro .... sound
Other crew
Walter Kubilus .... technical director

Series Crew
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Directed by
Franklin J. Schaffner 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mann Rubin  (episode "Tomb of King Tarus, The")

Original Music by
Bobby Christian 
Irving Robbin  (as Binnie Robbins)
Art Department
Danny Terrill .... stagehand
Camera and Electrical Department
Imero Fiorentino .... lighting director
Music Department
Bobby Christian .... conductor
Sergei Prokofiev .... composer: theme "Romeo and Juliet"
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Totally Lacking in Irony, 11 August 2013
Author: Hitchcoc from United States

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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