Tales of Tomorrow: Season 1, Episode 9

The Crystal Egg (12 Oct. 1951)

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A crystal egg reveals live tableaux of the planet Mars. A 19th Century scientist is obsessed with investigating the crystal, but the antique shop owner who came across the seemingly ... See full summary »

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A crystal egg reveals live tableaux of the planet Mars. A 19th Century scientist is obsessed with investigating the crystal, but the antique shop owner who came across the seemingly worthless glass hopes to sell it ASAP to a tall, insistent stranger, for whom no price is too dear. The delay while the scientist experiments on the egg makes the buyer even more desperate. Written by David Stevens

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TALES OF TOMORROW: The Crystal Egg {TV; Short} (Charles S. Dubin, 1951) ***
12 October 2013 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This is the fourth episode I have watched from this Sci-Fi TV series, after FRANKENSTEIN (with a drunken Lon Chaney Jr. as the Creature!), Paul Newman's debut ICE FROM SPACE, and the Victor Jory-starring WORLD OF WATER. Having just gone through two distinct H.G. Wells adaptations – by the same director! – of "The Food Of The Gods", I opted to make this (based on an obscure story by that visionary author) my next venture. The compelling plot (which may have influenced Nigel Kneale's "Quatermass And The Pit", but also M.R. James' "A View From The Hill"!) revolves around the pursuit of an apparently ordinary egg-shaped crystal found in an antique shop, first by a mystery man insistent on acquiring it and, then, an ageing Professor (Thomas Mitchell) who obsesses over the crystal egg after he is asked by the current owner to evaluate it and, upon inspection, discovers a foreign landscape within…as well as a monstrous-looking inhabitant presumably serving as a watcher into our way of life! All in all, the film emerges as an exemplary piece of fantasy – with a subtle yet unmistakable, and certainly topical, "Red Scare" feel at its core.


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