Tales of Tomorrow (1951–1953)
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Verdict from Space 

Gordon Kent is on trial for allegedly killing a scientist in an underground cavern. Desperately, he tries to explain what they found inside the cave, and the the implications for the future of mankind.



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Episode cast overview:
Gordon Kent
Professor Adrian Sykes
William Lally ...
Bernard Lenrow ...
Watson White ...
Defense Attorney


Inventor Gordon Kent is in a Morgan County, Maine, courtroom on trial for murdering scientist Adrian Sykes. The archaeologist had discovered a recording device placed millennia earlier in an isolated cave by an alien force to warn when Earth entered the Atomic Age. The court ignores Kent's warnings about an almost certain alien invasion. Written by (duke1029@aol.com)

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3 August 1951 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Gordon Kent: Somewhere in this universe someone has been watching us for a million years... waiting. Waiting until we have the secret information... when we could power an atomic-type torch!
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Early warning of nuclear dangers.
15 February 2009 | by (Mansfield, CT USA) – See all my reviews

I viewed this on a DVD that had 7 different episodes of 'Tales of Tomorrow", complete with original commercials. It was a real surprise to me to be able to have this great chance to see an example of early TV science fiction. Back when this came out, this was not in theaters or drive ins but could only be seen on TV, an emerging form of entertainment that could be seen by those lucky enough to even own a television. The acting in "Verdict From Space" is overly dramatic but the actors do hold your interest. The show uses a low budget set so don't expect anything fancy. I think this episode was ahead of its time, the plot contains one of the early warnings of the possible dangers of nuclear bombs and experimentation that was to be a main theme of many future sci-fi films. The background music is definitely dated, as are some of the terms spoken by the characters. You won't be able to forget that this was from 1951. I liked the episode not only for it's historical significance to early television but it also had an interesting story in a short, quick episode. I was happily surprised to see that the original commercials were included. The commercials are from "Watchbands by Jacques Kreisler". It's really interesting, even a little comical, to see the beginnings of early television advertising. Entertaining in many ways, "Verdict From Space" is a fun film, well worth the short amount of time it takes to watch it.

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