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Tales of Tomorrow 

Anthology series featuring both classic and modern sci-fi themes.
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Leslie Nielsen ...  Farragut / ... 6 episodes, 1952-1953
Cameron Prud'Homme Cameron Prud'Homme ...  Borden / ... 5 episodes, 1951-1953
Edgar Stehli Edgar Stehli ...  Burroughs / ... 4 episodes, 1951-1952
Theo Goetz Theo Goetz ...  Doctor Jarvis / ... 4 episodes, 1951-1952
Olive Deering ...  Ginny Walker 4 episodes, 1951-1953
Vera Massey Vera Massey ...  Virginia 4 episodes, 1952-1953
Edith Fellows ...  Susan 4 episodes, 1951-1953
Walter Abel ...  Doctor Allen 4 episodes, 1951-1952
Nancy Coleman ...  Jean / ... 3 episodes, 1952-1953
Don Hanmer ...  Henry Judson / ... 3 episodes, 1952-1953
Barbara Joyce ...  Dr. Maroff / ... 3 episodes, 1951-1952
Allyn Edwards ...  Announcer 3 episodes, 1951-1952
Thomas Mitchell ...  Captain Nemo / ... 3 episodes, 1951-1952
Lon McCallister ...  Gordon Kent 3 episodes, 1951
Joseph Anthony Joseph Anthony ...  Dr. Arthur Fulbright 3 episodes, 1952-1953
Brian Keith ...  Peters / ... 3 episodes, 1952
Roger De Koven ...  Narrator / ... 3 episodes, 1952
Sam Locante Sam Locante ...  Bartender / ... 3 episodes, 1952
Bruce Cabot ...  Dr. Tyrell / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Victor Jory ...  Dr. Alden / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Gene Raymond ...  Andy / ... 2 episodes, 1952
William Redfield ...  Bart / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Donald Briggs ...  Herbert Rand / ... 2 episodes, 1951-1952
Virginia Vincent ...  Carlotta / ... 2 episodes, 1952-1953
Phillip Pine ...  Lt. Hawkins / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Harry Townes ...  Dr. Platan / ... 2 episodes, 1951-1952
Mary Alice Moore ...  Elizabeth / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Mel Ruick Mel Ruick ...  Dr. Jack Farleigh / ... 2 episodes, 1951-1952
Truman Smith Truman Smith ...  Cap Zanser / ... 2 episodes, 1952
William Kemp William Kemp ...  Sargeant / ... 2 episodes, 1953
Skedge Miller Skedge Miller ...  Charlie / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Glenn Styres Glenn Styres ...  Airbase Personnel / ... 2 episodes, 1952-1953
Arnold Moss ...  Prof. Russell 2 episodes, 1952-1953
Rod Steiger ...  Henry / ... 2 episodes, 1952-1953
Vicki Cummings Vicki Cummings ...  Angie Fulbright / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Gene Lockhart ...  Prof. Vanya 2 episodes, 1952
Franchot Tone ...  Martenson 2 episodes, 1952
Paul Tripp Paul Tripp ...  Sam Whipple 2 episodes, 1952
Martin Brandt ...  Professor Adrian Sykes 2 episodes, 1951
Raymond Bailey ...  Congressman Burns 2 episodes, 1952-1953
Stephen Elliott Stephen Elliott ...  Lippitt 2 episodes, 1952-1953
Henry Jones ...  Irwin 2 episodes, 1952-1953
Ruth Enders Ruth Enders ...  Mary Jarvis / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Una O'Connor ...  Edythe 2 episodes, 1952
Robert Middleton ...  Dr. John Borrow 2 episodes, 1952-1953
John Newland ...  Victor Frankenstein 2 episodes, 1952-1953
Robert Patten ...  Duncan / ... 2 episodes, 1952-1953
John Boruff John Boruff ...  Bill 2 episodes, 1952
Ed Peck ...  Michael 2 episodes, 1952
John McGovern John McGovern ...  Dr. Chappell / ... 2 episodes, 1952-1953
Peggy Allenby ...  Elise the maid / ... 2 episodes, 1951-1952
Farrell Pelly Farrell Pelly ...  Matthew the butler / ... 2 episodes, 1951-1952
Arthur Tell Arthur Tell ...  Doctor Thorne / ... 2 episodes, 1952
John McQuade John McQuade 2 episodes, 1951-1953
Boris Karloff ...  Dr. Henry Marco 2 episodes, 1952-1953
John S. Hamilton John S. Hamilton ...  Swede 2 episodes, 1952
Eddie Hyans Eddie Hyans ...  Slay 2 episodes, 1952
Bethel Leslie ...  The Girl 2 episodes, 1952
Rex Marshall ...  Host / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Chester Morris 2 episodes, 1952
Luis Van Rooten Luis Van Rooten 2 episodes, 1952
Joseph Wiseman 2 episodes, 1953
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Anthology series featuring both classic and modern sci-fi themes.

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USA

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English

Release Date:

3 August 1951 (USA) See more »

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George F. Foley See more »
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(84 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In a production of "Frankenstein," Lon Chaney Jr. played the monster. An urban legend states that Chaney was intoxicated during the live TV broadcast, due to his heavy drinking. In the broadcast (which is available on YouTube), Chaney is handed a chair - but instead of smashing it, he sets it down, and shouts "Break! Break!" while making smashing motions with his hands. However, Chaney later explained in an interview that he was not drunk. Before the broadcast, he had spent four hours in the makeup chair, having his monster makeup applied. When the performance started, Chaney assumed it was a dress rehearsal, and thus, did not break the chair when it was handed to him. Between scenes, the director informed Chaney that the broadcast was happening live, so in subsequent scenes, Chaney didn't hold back and freely broke pieces of the set. (In the YouTube video of the broadcast, he falls out a window and later smashes Dr. Frankenstein's lab equipment.) See more »

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Featured in Classic Sci-Fi TV: 150 Episodes (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Romeo and Juliet
(ballet music)
Written by Sergei Prokofiev
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The grand-daddy of TV sci/fi thrillers.
18 July 2006 | by reptilicusSee all my reviews

Television of the early 1950's had lots of science fiction programmes. You had your choice of "Rocky Jones, Space Ranger", "Flash Gordon", "Tom Corbett, Space Cadet" and the series I am here tonight to talk about.

"Tales of Tomorrow" was for the most part a well done and effective series which offered plots which never . . . well okay, seldom . . . strayed into outlandishness. Monsters were rarely seen but their presence was always felt. In the "Dune Rollers" episode for example we learn that mysterious rocks found only on a spot called Lightning Island have the power to merge and grow into giant rocks which can move on their own and radiate enough heat to burn a victim to a crisp. (If that sounds familiar and you have never seen the episode you are probably thinking about s similarly theme feature from the 1980's called THE CREMATORS.)

The "Blunder" episode will have you on the edge of your seat but you might as well relax. Scientist Robert Allen risks an experiment which might deplete the Earth's entire oxygen supply. Of course he is certain that this will not happen but his fellow scientists are not at all sure. Can they reach him in time to stop him? The ending will leave you asking "WHAT just happened?"

"The Crystal Egg" will always be a favourite of mine. Oscar winner Thomas Mitchell is a university professor who is asked to examine what appears to be a harmless curio. Ah, but when he looks into it he sees the surface of Mars. And one time, a moment which will make you jump, he sees something looking back at him!

"Test Flight" starring Lee J. Cobb is another good one. Lee is a wealthy businessman who decides to build his own rocket to fly to the Moon. A mysterious engineer offers him a fool proof plan to build a rocket and Lee nearly bankrupts his company to build it. Does it work? Yes, and Lee and the engineer are the test pilots . . . but is Lee ever in for a surprise after take-off.

Everyone has already written about the "Frankenstein" episode so there is little that I can add. So much has been said about this episode that watching it today is a little disappointing because many of you will be expecting more. The one live broadcast may have contained more "juicy bits" but these were edited (if they ever even existed to begin with) for subsequent re-broadcasts. Lon Chaney gives a really great performance, way different from his portrayal of The Monster in GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN (1942) and this interpretation is wholly original.

"What You Need" was a very satisfying episode also. I was glad William Redfield's ruthless, amoral character got what he deserved but I wish Edgar Stehli had made a different decision at the end. You will see what I mean.

Okay so very often the backdrops are obviously painted. In fact in the "Appointment on Mars" episode the camera follows Leslie Neilsen as he climbs a rock and you can see the studio lights about where the backdrop ends! Characters blow lines and miss cues, even during the commercials which were also shot live. This only adds to the charm of these episodes and recalls the age of Live Television; an era which is sadly gone forever. Thank goodness for collections like this so people like me who missed that era can see what it was like.


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