Science Fiction Theatre (1955–1957)
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The Stones Began to Move 

A research scientist working on a top secret government project disappears. When he mysterious returns, he acts as if he has been brainwashed.


Lew Landers


Doris Gilbert (screenplay & story), Ivan Tors (story)




Episode credited cast:
Truman Bradley ... Host / Narrator
Basil Rathbone ... Dr. Victor Berenson
Robin Short Robin Short ... Dr. Paul Kincaid
Jean Willes ... Virginia Kincaid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heinie Conklin ... Janitor
Russ Conway ... Det. Lt. Crenshaw
Richard Flato Richard Flato ... Dr. Ahmed Abdullah
Jonathan Hale ... Dr. Morton Archer
Carol Thurston ... Seja Dih's Granddaughter
Helen Van Camp Helen Van Camp ... Maid


A research scientist working on a top secret government project disappears. When he mysterious returns, he acts as if he has been brainwashed.

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Drama | Sci-Fi







Release Date:

9 August 1955 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Really Dull, All Things Considered
13 July 2013 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Even with the aging Basil Rathbone at the helm, this episode is really not very interesting. It is a bit of a detective story first, an archaeological story second. It involves the eyes of a panther statue from 3000 years ago in Egypt. It involves hieroglyphics that indicate that things have been floating above the ground, because of some sort of anti-gravity device. The eyes of the panther have been replace by glass eyes and the originals have disappeared. In the process, a man has been killed, forcing his widow into hiding. There are obviously agents of death at work here and it has to do with those eyes. Truman Bradley's little visual essay on the lifting of the huge stones to create the great pyramids is much more interesting than the episode itself.

Oh, by the way, did all men carry cigarette cases in those days. I've watched numerous episodes of this and other early television series. I'm not surprised at the volume of smoking but by those flat silver cigarette cases. As a matter of fact, I haven't seen one ordinary cigarette pack in any of these stories.

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