Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
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Down Among the Sheltering Palms 

Gerry T Armstrong is on holiday in England, revisiting some of the places he saw when he was a young GI. The old dance hall is now a tawdry nightclub but Gerry is still looking for a girl ... See full summary »





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Episode complete credited cast:
Gerry T. Armstrong
Anne Carroll ...
Vanessa Paine ...
Gabrielle Hamilton ...
Peter Jessup ...
Clare Welch ...
Unity Grimwood ...
Barry Grantham ...


Gerry T Armstrong is on holiday in England, revisiting some of the places he saw when he was a young GI. The old dance hall is now a tawdry nightclub but Gerry is still looking for a girl he met there during the war. Why does he become increasingly desperate as the night drags on? Written by Gazhack

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21 May 1983 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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"I bet he kept my bone china." Awful Tales of the Unexpected episode.

Tales of the Unexpected: Down Among the Sheltering Palms starts as an American named Gerald T. Armstrong (Van Johnson) walks into the bar where he used to spend a lot of his time 40 years prior when he was positioned in England during World War II, he reminisces about how things used to be to the barman Bill (Christopher Fulford). This is where Gerry met his wife Doris (Gabrielle Hamilton) & while looking across the dance floor he notices a young girl which reminds him of her...

This Tales of the Unexpected story was episode 7 from season 6 that originally aired here in the UK during May 1983, the tenth of eleven Tales of the Unexpected episodes to be directed by John Gorrie this is absolutely awful & quite why it's part of this series I have no idea. The script by Gorrie has no point, it's boring plus it's utterly dull & forgettable. The way I see it most Tales of the Unexpected stories have two basic ingredients with some sort of build up which then ends in a twist ending, unfortunately Down Among the Sheltering Palms has neither & frankly nothing else besides by which to recommend it either. This American guy just turns up, has an encounter with a girl who reminds him of his wife & then goes back to his hotel & that's it. There is no twist, there is no action, nothing happens & this 30 odd minutes of rubbishy TV has more chance of sending you to sleep that shocking or surprising you which is what a good Tales of the Unexpected should deliver. This is bad, very bad & there's nothing unexpected about it.

This looks cheap, it's set in some sort of early 80's disco where a bunch of elderly people slowly dance to some hideous music provided by a band who wear embarrassing shirts that you need sunglasses to look at. God this looks terrible with bad fashions & hairdos abound, it has no suspense, no tension or atmosphere & is pretty weak overall. The acting goes from hammy to utterly awful.

Down Among the Sheltering Palms is a terrible Tales of the Unexpected episode, I don't claim to have seen them all but this is by far the worst one I've seen so far. For those of you who have the DVD box sets released by Acorn Media in the US be aware that they have some episodes missing due to rights issues & Down Among the Sheltering Palms is one such episode, all I'll say is believe me when I tell you your not missing anything.

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