Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
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All a Clone by the Telephone 

The life of failed TV screenwriter Leon is taken over by a voice that emanates from inside his answering machine.

Director:

Frank De Palma

Writer:

Haskell Barkin
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Harry Anderson ... Leon
Marcie Barkin ... Dolores
Dick Miller ... Seymour Furman
Tom Newman Tom Newman ... Quentin Karp
David Eastman David Eastman ... The Driver
Catherine Battistone Catherine Battistone ... Person on Telephone (voice)
Paul Sparer Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)
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The life of failed TV screenwriter Leon is taken over by a voice that emanates from inside his answering machine.

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Certificate:

TV-14

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1985 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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A machine with it's own voice, a technology boss.
14 March 2007 | by Danny BlankenshipSee all my reviews

Overall this TFTD episode is one of the better ones, it features good acting from TV comedy man Harry Anderson and the plot is interesting and good. Anderson is an out of work TV screen writer who needs a job, plus he's lonely in his apartment, but he always takes calls from his answering machine. All of a sudden this answering machine takes on a life of it's own a talking voice that starts to talk for him and leave messages to other people pretending to be his voice. Basically this is a machine taking over the life of a man! At first this seem odd only finally a shared plan is thought of between answering machine and man as the Anderson character takes it's advice on his new job, and this will finally work to his advantage! Really this was a well done episode that featured good acting with a good story, and it sent a message this during the mid 1980's that machines of all types are taking over man and they are really the future!


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