Tales of Tomorrow: Season 2, Episode 25

The Great Silence (20 Feb. 1953)

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A mysterious phenomenon that causes people to lose the use of their vocal cords appears in a remote corner of the northwestern United States and begins spreading. The government blames the ... See full summary »

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A mysterious phenomenon that causes people to lose the use of their vocal cords appears in a remote corner of the northwestern United States and begins spreading. The government blames the event on freak fallout effects from H-Bomb testing, but an illiterate mountain man (Burgess Meredith) discovers the real source of the affliction. Written by Christopher M. Buckey

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An interesting experiment that is a bit hard to watch.
14 September 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The show begins by a TV announcer telling the audience that there is some sort of weird anomaly that has been causes portions of the planet to lose their voices. And, it is expected to spread and cover the Earth soon. However, they also THINK that it's only temporary--something caused by recent nuclear testing.

The scene now switches to a man (Burgess Meredith) and his wife. They live in a rural part of the country and have already lost their ability to speak. However, by accident, Meredith stumbles upon an alien and its space craft. The problem is that he can't exactly tell anyone--and he tries. There is an interesting twist at the end...and I'll leave that for you to see.

The show has two strikes against it. First, the writer seems to have forgotten that people CAN still write--and how this didn't occur to Meredith's character is beyond me. Second, although an unusual idea and it took guts to do it, it was not an especially enjoyable experience seeing everyone pantomiming throughout the show.


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