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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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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Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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A decent but strange episode.
9 November 2019 | by b_kiteSee all my reviews

Harry Anderson plays a struggling television writer who can't seem to ever get his big break. Things get even more strange however when he realizes his new answering machine is leaving strange messages to those close to him, particularly his agent and girlfriend. He soon discovers that it has a life of its own, and wants to take over his as well. Honestly this is a pretty middle of the road episode, made by Harry Anderson (of Night Court fame) and by the appearance from Dick Miller as well. It wraps up with a decent ending despite there being no real horror influences here at all, and the fact why the machine does what is does (where just told its from an alternate reality or something) and how it still manages to manipulate despite being erased also leaves some questions.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1985 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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