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Tales of Tomorrow 

Anthology series featuring both classic and modern sci-fi themes.
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Series cast summary:
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 ...  Lt. Hawkins / ... 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 ...  Airbase Personnel / ... 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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USA

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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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At Last! On DVD!
10 July 2004 | by bok602See all my reviews

The classic January 18, 1952 live TV broadcast of "Frankenstein" with Lon Chaney, Jr. is finally available on DVD!

I had never even heard of this program until I was browsing in my local dollar store and happened to flip through their bin of dollar DVD's and saw a black and orange package bearing the title Tales of Tomorrow with a picture of three men in space suits staring at me.

I picked it up and immediately spotted Thomas Mitchell on the back cover photo. Any television appearance with Thomas Mitchell is worth seeing, but when I saw that the first episode was "Frankenstein," I knew I had a genuine find on my hands!

The three episodes are as follows:

Frankenstein (1-18-52) Starring John Newland and Lon Chaney, Jr. This, of course,is the prize of the lot. Chaney's performance (drunk or not) still hints at the sensitivity and greatness he was capable of. I'm left wondering what he might have done during an "actual" performance.

The Crystal Egg (2-29-52)Stars Thomas Mitchell and is based on a story by H G Wells. Mitchell sees Mars inside the titular crystal egg -which promptly goes missing and there's dirty work afoot!

Appointment on Mars (6-22-52) Leslie Nielsen (looking unusually young and virile) appears as one of a trio of space explorers in this weirdly disturbing drama which comes across as a low-rent adaptation of The Martian Chronicals.


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