TALES OF TOMORROW

 

Cast: Leslie Nielsen
Running Time: 23 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

Performed live every week, with timely themes and interesting guest stars, this innovative 1950s science fiction show was the precursor of later TV hits like THE TWILIGHT ZONE. This episode is basically TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE with a science fiction twist and an ending somewhat reminiscent of the classic "Twilight Zone" episode "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street". There are few surprises in this story. What makes the episode interesting is the performance of young Leslie Nielsen as Robbie, who is certainly far different from the silver-haired joker we've come to know today!

 

Cast: Lon Chaney, Jr., John Newland
Running Time: 24 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

Performed live every week, with timely themes and interesting guest stars, this innovative 1950s science fiction show was the precursor of later TV hits like THE TWILIGHT ZONE. For this live telecast of "Frankenstein" Lon Chaney Jr. played the creature. Due to his heavy drinking, he thought that the actual performance was just another rehearsal. Instead of actually smashing the props on the set, he simply went through the motions as he did for the rehearsals. Despite being under heavy makeup, Chaney Jr. still managed to convey to a certain level of the emotions, the sadness and the confusion the Monster was feeling.

 

Cast: Thomas Mitchell
Running Time: 24 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

Performed live every week, with timely themes and interesting guest stars, this innovative 1950s science fiction show was the precursor of later TV hits like THE TWILIGHT ZONE. This episode based on H.G. Wells' short story about a man who discovers a mysterious crystal egg that has the power to view events on another planet. This is an excellent example of early television drama that resembles a filmed stage play. But the story, though somewhat predictable, is compelling and Mitchell's performance makes it stand out.

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