Anthology series featuring both classic and modern sci-fi themes.
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Cameron Prud'Homme ...
Edgar Stehli ...
 Burroughs / ... 4 episodes, 1951-1952
Theo Goetz ...
 Doctor Jarvis / ... 4 episodes, 1951-1952
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 Ginny Walker 4 episodes, 1951-1953
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 Doctor Allen 4 episodes, 1951-1952
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 Captain Nemo / ... 3 episodes, 1951-1952
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 Gordon Kent 3 episodes, 1951
Joseph Anthony ...
 Dr. Arthur Fulbright 3 episodes, 1952-1953
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Vera Massey ...
 Virginia 3 episodes, 1952
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 Narrator / ... 3 episodes, 1952
Sam Locante ...
 Bartender / ... 3 episodes, 1952
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 Dr. Tyrell / ... 2 episodes, 1952
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 Andy / ... 2 episodes, 1952
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 Carlotta / ... 2 episodes, 1952-1953
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 Lt. Hawkins / ... 2 episodes, 1952
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 Dr. Platan / ... 2 episodes, 1951-1952
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Mel Ruick ...
 Dr. Jack Farleigh / ... 2 episodes, 1951-1952
Truman Smith ...
 Cap Zanser / ... 2 episodes, 1952
William Kemp ...
 Sargeant / ... 2 episodes, 1953
Skedge Miller ...
Glenn Styres ...
 Airbase Personnel / ... 2 episodes, 1952-1953
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 Henry / ... 2 episodes, 1952-1953
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 Angie Fulbright / ... 2 episodes, 1952
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 Martenson 2 episodes, 1952
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 Sam Whipple 2 episodes, 1952
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 Mary Jarvis / ... 2 episodes, 1952
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 Dr. John Borrow 2 episodes, 1952-1953
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 Dr. Chappell / ... 2 episodes, 1952-1953
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 Elise the maid / ... 2 episodes, 1951-1952
Farrell Pelly ...
 Matthew the butler / ... 2 episodes, 1951-1952
Arthur Tell ...
 Doctor Thorne / ... 2 episodes, 1952
John McQuade
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 The Girl 2 episodes, 1952
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 Host / ... 2 episodes, 1952
Luis Van Rooten
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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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Romeo and Juliet
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Written by Sergei Prokofiev
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The first (and perhaps the best) anthology series
26 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Watching this program back in the early 50's was a real treat; to say it scared the hell out of me would be an understatement. Here we had a live show with minimal sets and special effects; yet the writing was such that every story was totally believable. This caused me more than a few sleepless nights! I'm sure Rod Sterling learned a thing or two; some of his Twilight Zone episodes are eerily similar. Later anthology programs (Science Fiction Theatre, One Step Beyond, Outer Limits, etc.) never had the same impact on me (perhaps because I was older), though the more recent 'Tales from the Darkside' seemed to stir up a little emotion. I haven't watched any of the 'Tales from Tomorrow' tapes; maybe some memories should remain 'just a memory'.


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