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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 ...  Cpl. Turner / ... 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 ...  The Martian / ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1951 (USA) See more »

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George F. Foley See more »
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Runtime:

(84 episodes)

Sound Mix:

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 First Sci-Fi Series on TV
16 February 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

I have never heard anything about this series, therefore I cannot guarantee whether it was broadcast by the Brazilian TV in the 50's. I have just bought this DVD and enjoyed the three episodes of about 20 minutes running time each:

"Frankenstein", with Lon Chaney Jr., is the less original of the three. It is a theatrical representation of Frankenstein, a short version of the story. My vote is six.

"The Crystal Egg" ("O Ovo de Cristal"), a tale of H.G. Wells, is certainly the best episode. The ambitious owner of a shop, Mr. Cave (Edgar Stehli), has a client with a great interest in a cheap crystal egg, and he decides to consult Prof. Vaneck (Thomas Mitchell) about what might be the weird object. Prof. Vaneck finds the landscape of Mars in the egg, and becomes obsessed by his discovery. He tries to keep the crystal egg for him, and the story has a tragic end. The direction of Charles S. Dubin keeps the attention of the viewer until the last scene. My vote is seven.

"Appointment on Mars" ("Encontro em Marte") presents three explorers - Captain Robert "Robbie" (Leslie Nielsen), Bart (William Redfield) and Jack (Robert Keith Jr.) – that find uranium in Mars. They have to share their findings with the sponsor of the expedition, and the atmosphere and greed seem to affect the group. The direction of Don Medford is only reasonable, and the tragic surprising conclusion does not work well. My vote is five.

In the end, "Tales of Tomorrow" is a worthwhile entertainment as a whole, especially to satisfy the curiosity of how was the first sci-fi series on TV. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Contos da Escuridão" ("Tales From the Darkness")


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