Superman On Earth

The Adventures Of SupermanJor-El, a member of the ruling council of the distant planet Krypton, warns his fellow councillors that Krypton’s end is near: the planet could break apart at any time. His peers laugh him out of the room, but that doesn’t change the planet’s fate. When Krypton begins to break apart just as Jor-El predicted, he and his wife place their only son in a small spacecraft and send it away to the planet Earth.

The vehicle crashes on Earth, bursting into flames. Farmer Eben Kent and his wife Sarah witness the crash and hear the cries of the infant inside; Eben manages to save the baby before the spacecraft explodes. They raise the child as their own, though young Clark Kent eventually has questions about the fact that he has abilities that no one else seems to have. On Clark’s 25th birthday – or at least the 25th anniversary of his arrival on Earth – Eben suffers a fatal heart attack. Clark eventually leaves his childhood home for the city of Metropolis, where he seeks a job as a report for the Daily Planet. Editor Perry White is less than enthusiastic about his new hire…until Clark somehow scoops the rest of the Planet’s staff, including ace reporter Lois Lane, turning in the first article about an airship crew member who would have fallen to his death if not for a flying man in a cape…

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Richard Fielding
directed by Tommy Carr
music by Leon Klatzkin

Adventures of SupermanCast: George Reeves (Clark Kent / Superman), Phyllis Coates (Lois Lane), Jack Larson (Jimmy Olsen), John Hamilton (Perry White), Ross Elliott (Eben Kent), Robert Rockwell (Jor-El), Herbert Rawlinson (Ro-Zon), Stuart Randall (Gogan), Aline Towne (Lara), Frances Morris (Sarah Kent), Dani Nolan (Miss Bachrach)

Adventures of SupermanNotes: Superman’s origin story unfolds here much as it does in other media, though the name “Kal-El” is never spoken here. Sarah Kent is responsible for making Superman’s costume, having sewn it from the blanket in which he was wrapped as an infant on Krypton. (How this fabric can withstand bullets and burns, and yet can still be cut up and sewn, isn’t explained.) Beginning an unfortunate decades-long tradition, Superman’s creators, writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, are not credited anywhere in this adaptation.

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The Haunted Lighthouse

The Adventures Of SupermanThe Daily Planet’s junior photographer, Jimmy Olsen, goes to Maine for a vacation at the invitation of his Aunt Louisa. But something is amiss when he arrives: his cousin Chris is hostile almost to the point of violence about Jimmy’s interest in a cave on a coast, the shrill voice of someone claiming to be drowning can be heard at night, and the mute housekeeper keeps delivering handwritten notes from Aunt Louisa, claiming to be in trouble. Sensing a story that’s bigger than he is, Jimmy calls Clark Kent to ask for help, unaware that he’ll be getting a hand from Superman as well.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Eugene Solow
directed by Tommy Carr
music by Leon Klatzkin

Adventures of SupermanCast: George Reeves (Clark Kent / Superman), Phyllis Coates (Lois Lane), Jack Larson (Jimmy Olsen), John Hamilton (Perry White), Maude Prickett (Parrot), Jimmy Ogg (Chris), Allene Roberts (Alice), Sarah Padden (Mrs. Carmody), Stephen Carr (Lt. Harris), William Challee (Mack), Effie Laird (Aunt Louisa)

Adventures of SupermanNotes: Just two weeks into the series, Aunt Louisa almost guesses Clark’s other identity in front of a room full of onlookers. Though the actors are credited, neither Lois nor Perry White appear in this episode. Writer Eugene Solow (no relation to future Star Trek production executive Herb Solow) was also responsible for the screenplay of the acclaimed 1939 adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men.

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Contact Has Been Established

QuatermassThe first attempt to launch a manned rocket into space meets with serious problems; the three-man vehicle, rather than following a carefully-planned parabola to make a single orbit, veers hundreds of thousands of miles off course, losing all contact with Earth. As the rocket’s designer, Professor Bernard Quatermass of the British Experimental Rocket Group, tensely awaits word when the atomic-powered rocket finally approaches Earth again. With no contact from the astronauts themselves, the rocket returns to Earth under remote control from the ground, but the best that Quatermass and his team can manage is to bring it in for the least-damaging crash landing possible. Still intact, the rocket has slammed into a neighborhood near Wimbledon Commons, and astonishingly no one on the ground is hurt, though police evacuate residents from their homes. Quatermass and his team arrive to open the rocket, but inside they find only one astronaut remaining: engineer Victor Carroon, whose wife is a member of Quatermass’ ground control team. The other two men are missing without a trace, their spacesuits left empty in the rocket.

written by Nigel Kneale
directed by Rudolph Cartier
music not credited

Cast: Reginald Tate (Professor Bernard Quatermass), Isabel Dean (Judith Carroon), Duncan Lamont (Victor Carroon), Hugh Kelly (John Paterson), Moray Watson (Peter Marsh), W. Thorp Devereux (Blaker), Van Boolen (Len Matthews), Iris Ballard (Mr. Matthews), Eugene Leahy (Police Inspector), Neil Wilson (Policeman),Colyn Davies (Fireman), Katie Johnson (Miss Wilde), Oliver Johnston (News Editor), Paul Whitsun-Jones (James Fullalove), Patrick Westwood (First Reporter), Dominic LeFoe (Second Reporter), Nicholas Bruce (BBC Newsreader), Pat McGrath (BBC Interviewer), MacGregor Urquhart (Sandwichman), Denis Wyndham (Reveller)

The Quatermass ExperimentNotes: Broadcast in 1953 as a live play for television with one film insert (actual film from a camera mounted aboard a captured German V2 rocket launched from White Sands, New Mexico in 1946), The Quatermass Experiment was one of the earliest instances of the BBC making a “telerecording” (a film recording from a television screen showing the live broadcast) of a drama production rather than live coverage of a news event. This was also one of the final major productions staged at the BBC’s original television studios at Alexandra Palace, using some of the BBC’s original 1930s cameras, before the bulk of production was moved to the then-new Lime Grove studios (future home of the TARDIS).

Persons Reported Missing

QuatermassThe Metropolitan Police get involved in the investigation of what happened to Quatermass’ space rocket and its now-mostly-missing crew, and Quatermass is outraged when they begin to treat Victor Carroon as a murder suspect. Police and press alike swarm the crash site in Wimbledon before Quatermass has even had a chance to determine what happened aboard the vehicle. All that is known is that it an electrical component failed, sending the rocket further than the orbit the moon before the vehicle returned to Earth in a long, looping arc. And inexplicably, Carroon now understands and speaks perfect German – a language he never spoke prior to the mission – but he can offer no answers about the whereabouts of his missing crewmates, Charles Green and German rocket engineer Dr. Reichenheim.

written by Nigel Kneale
directed by Rudolph Cartier
music not credited

Cast: Reginald Tate (Professor Bernard Quatermass), Isabel Dean (Judith Carroon), Duncan Lamont (Victor Carroon), Hugh Kelly (John Paterson), Moray Watson (Peter Marsh), John Glen (Dr. Gordon Briscoe), Ian Colin (Detective Inspector Lomax), Frank Hawkins (Detective Sergeant Best), Christopher Rhodes (Dr. Ludwig Reichenheim), Peter Bathurst (Charles Greene), Enid Lindsey (Louisa Greene), Oliver Johnston (News Editor), Paul Whitsun-Jones (James Fullalove), Patrick Westwood (First Reporter), Dominic LeFoe (Second Reporter), Stella Richman (Hospital Sister), Eugene Leahy (Police Inspector), Neil Wilson (Policeman, Wimbledon), Maurice Durant (Policeman, Scotland Yard)

The Quatermass ExperimentNotes: This is the second and last episode of The Quatermass Experiment to be preserved via BBC telerecording, and the primitive nature of the technology involved shows: an insect lands on the television screen being filmed by the film camera and remains there for several minutes! Dissatisfied with the technical quality of the telerecordings of the first two episodes, the BBC opted to stop doing them, which also nixed a planned rebroadcast of The Quatermass Experiment on Canadian TV; episodes three through six are lost forever. Sadly, the remainder of this guide to The Quatermass Experiment, out of necessity, is based upon the original scripts and remaining production paperwork.

Very Special Knowledge

QuatermassThe questioning of surviving astronaut Victor Carroon continues, and he reveals not only a fluent grasp of German, but knowledge of fellow astronaut Green’s life as well. The cockpit voice recorder from the rocket is found and its tape played back, revealing an unearthly sound that accompanied the rocket going off course. Though Detective Inspector Lomax dismisses the sound as that of “the rocket motors”, Quatermass knows it’s not the sound of the engines. When the tape is played back with Carroon and Lomax present, its obvious that the astronaut is not a murder suspect…but the victim of whas Quatermass believes was “like a cosmic ray, but alive”…

written by Nigel Kneale
directed by Rudolph Cartier
music not credited

Cast: Reginald Tate (Professor Bernard Quatermass), Isabel Dean (Judith Carroon), Duncan Lamont (Victor Carroon), John Glen (Dr. Gordon Briscoe), Ian Colin (Detective Inspector Lomax), Frank Hawkins (Detective Sergeant Best), Hugh Kelly (John Paterson), Paul Whitsun-Jones (James Fullalove), Philip Vickers (American Reporter), Edward David (Indian Reporter), Katie Johnson (Miss Wilde), Lewis Wilson (Walters)

The Quatermass ExperimentNotes: The BBC, unsatisfied with its experimental telerecording technique, only recorded the first two episodes of The Quatermass Experiment. This synopsis and the remainder of this guide to The Quatermass Experiment, out of necessity, is based upon the original scripts and remaining production paperwork.

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Believed To Be Suffering

QuatermassAs Victor Carroon, still delirious, shows an unusual amount of interest in a potted cactus, a photographer intrudes on the Carroons, trying to get a photo of the returned asteronaut for his newspaper. One touch from Victor Carroon’s hand leaves the man dead. Quatermass realizes that whatever extraterrestrial intelligence was encountered by the men aboard his rocket has come to Earth in Carroon’s body. Carroon goes missing, spirited away in a car and taken to an organized crime hideout that he is able to escape quickly with his deadly touch. All the while, he is mutating into a man with cactus-like skin…

written by Nigel Kneale
directed by Rudolph Cartier
music not credited

Cast: Reginald Tate (Professor Bernard Quatermass), Isabel Dean (Judith Carroon), Duncan Lamont (Victor Carroon), John Glen (Dr. Gordon Briscoe), Hugh Kelly (John Paterson), Ian Colin (Detective Inspector Lomax), Frank Hawkins (Detective Sergeant Best), Paul Whitsun-Jones (James Fullalove), Oliver Johnston (News Editor), Philip Vickers (American Reporter), Katie Johnson (Miss Wilde), Lewis Wilson (Walters), Darrell Runey (Photographer), Jack Rodney (Ramsay), Anthony Green (Boy), Richard Cuthbert (Chemist), Leo Fox (Cinema Manager), Janet Joye (Cinemagoer), Bernadette Milnes (Usherette), Keith Herrington (Space Lieutenant), Pauline Johnson (Space Girl)

The Quatermass ExperimentNotes: The BBC, unsatisfied with its experimental telerecording technique, only recorded the first two episodes of The Quatermass Experiment. This synopsis and the remainder of this guide to The Quatermass Experiment, out of necessity, is based upon the original scripts and remaining production paperwork.

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An Unidentified Species

QuatermassHaving plundered a drug store an ingested a mixture of chemicals that would normally be deadly to humans, astronaut Victor Carroon has gone missing. The Metropolitan Police, declaring the astronaut a national hero, call off the search for him. Carroon’s whereabouts are discovered soon enough: now a barely-humaniod mass of fungus, the being that was once Victor Carroon apparently took over a small island in a park. Quatermass now fears that the being may spread across Earth as an Earthly fungus would, by releasing spores. And in any case, the creature has now migrated…to the wall of Westminster Abbey.

written by Nigel Kneale
directed by Rudolph Cartier
music not credited

Cast: Reginald Tate (Professor Bernard Quatermass), Isabel Dean (Judith Carroon), Duncan Lamont (Victor Carroon), Hugh Kelly (John Paterson), John Glen (Dr. Gordon Briscoe), Ian Colin (Detective Inspector Lomax), Frank Hawkins (Detective Sergeant Best), Paul Whitsun-Jones (James Fullalove), Richard Cuthbert (Chemist), Bernadette Milnes (Usherette), Christie Humphrey (Janet), John Stone (Ted), Frank Atkinson (Park Keeper), Reginald Hearne (Police Inspector), Wilfred Brambell (Drunk), Tony Van Bridge (Producer), Neal Arden (Commentator), Josphine Crombie (Secretary), John Kidd (Sir Vernon Dodds)

The Quatermass ExperimentNotes: Beginning with this episode, the BBC began preceding episodes with content warnings advising that The Quatermass Experiment was not suitable for “children or people of a nervous disposition.” Unsatisfied with its experimental telerecording technique, the BBC only recorded the first two episodes of The Quatermass Experiment. This synopsis and the remainder of this guide to The Quatermass Experiment, out of necessity, is based upon the original scripts and remaining production paperwork.

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State Of Emergency

QuatermassWestminster Abbey and the area around it are evacuated as the creature progresses toward the stage at which it will release its spores. Quatermass’ lab experiments reveal that being touched by even a single spore would fully mutate any life form on Earth within minutes; if the being that was once Victor Carroon releases its spores, it is the end of all life on the planet. As preparations are made for military strikes and other frontal attacks on the creature, Quatermass gambles on appealing to the last remaining fragments of the consciousness of the three astronauts to resist the alien life form and tear it apart from the inside.

written by Nigel Kneale
directed by Rudolph Cartier
music not credited

Cast: Reginald Tate (Professor Bernard Quatermass), Isabel Dean (Judith Carroon), John Glen (Dr. Gordon Briscoe), Hugh Kelly (John Paterson), Ian Colin (Detective Inspector Lomax), Frank Hawkins (Detective Sergeant Best), Paul Whitsun-Jones (James Fullalove), Tony Van Bridge (Producer), Josphine Crombie (Secretary), Neal Arden (Commentator), John Kidd (Sir Vernon Dodds), Keith Pyott (Cabinet Minister), Andrew Laurence (Major O’Neill), Peter Franklin (Sergeant), Kenneth Midwood (Policeman), Arnold Diamond (Man in Crowd), Rex Graham (Crowd), Cyril Saxon (Crowd), Lloyd Shirley (Crowd), Kobie Westone (Crowd), Langton Jones (Crowd), Nickola Starne (Crowd), Grace Webb (Crowd), Michele Clement (Crowd), Violet Perry (Crowd), Raymond Rollet (Crowd), Sheldon Allen (Crowd), Richard Hugget (Crowd), Charles Horsee (Crowd), Allan Cosley (Crowd)

The Quatermass ExperimentNotes: Unsatisfied with its experimental telerecording technique, the BBC only recorded the first two episodes of The Quatermass Experiment. This synopsis and the remainder of this guide to The Quatermass Experiment, out of necessity, is based upon the original scripts and remaining production paperwork.

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Beyond

Science Fiction TheatreHost Segment: Truman Bradley demonstrates forces that can conclusively be proven to exist, such as gravity, acceleration, sound and magnetism, without being seen.

Story: Test pilot Major Gunderson pushes a new experimental jet plane to unheard-of speeds, more than twice the speed of sound. But even more surprising is Gunderson’s awed report from the sky: something up there is overtaking him, a vehicle shaped nothing like a conventional aircraft. Gunderson’s controls go haywire and he’s forced to eject to survive. His superiors are alarmed when Gunderson begins talking about having encountered a flying saucer…

teleplay by Robert Smith and George Van Marter
story by Ivan L. Tors
directed by Herbert L. Strock
music not credited

Science Fiction TheatreCast: Truman Bradley (Host / Narrator), William Lundigan (Maj. Gunderson), Ellen Drew (Mrs. Gunderson), Bruce Bennett (Gen. Troy), Tom Drake (Dr. Everett), Basil Ruysdael (Prof. Carson), Douglas Kennedy (Col. Barton), Michael Fox (Radar Man), Robert Carson (Capt. Ferguson), Mark Lowell (Radio Operator)

Notes: To put this story in its historical context, the first Mach 2 jet flight had been flown by test pilot Scott Crossfield in late 1953, only to be exceeded by a Mach 2.44 flight flown by Chuck Yeager in December of that year, less than a year and a half before Science Fiction Theatre premiered in syndication Science Fiction Theatrewith this episode. Other elements, such as the notion of a military cover-up (albeit a quiet, non-threatening one) of a real UFO sighting, were very much ahead of their time.

Unusually for 1955, the first season of Science Fiction Theatre was filmed in color by Ziv Television Productions, a bit of future-proofing that Ziv could afford as its programming was in demand by television stations whose networks ran very limited programming of their own. While most of Ziv’s programs were either modern-day dramas and spy thrillers, westerns, or wartime dramas, this was one of only three science fiction shows Ziv produced; the short-lived World Of Giants anticipated elements of Irwin Allen’s 1960s series Land Of The Giants, while Men Into Space, picked up by CBS, speculated on and dramatized the future of real spaceflight.

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Where Is Everybody?

The Twilight ZoneA man awakens on the outskirts of the town of Oakwood, with no knowledge of how he got there – or even who he is. He can’t find another living creature anywhere in town – no policemen in the police station, no prisoners in the jail, no business owners in the shops. And yet he’s certain that he’s being watched by someone who has something to do with his present predicament. He pieces together clues that add up to an inescapable conclusion: someone else is in Oakwood with him. Whether he can figure out who it is before his sanity gives way is another question…

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Rod Serling
directed by Robert Stevens
music by Bernard Hermann

Cast: Earl Holliman (Mike Ferris), James Gregory (General), Paul Langton (Doctor), James McCallion (Reporter The Twilight Zone#1), John Conwell (Colonel), Jay Overholt (Reporter #2), Carter Mullally (Captain), Gary Walberg (Reporter #3), Jim Johnson (Staff Sergeant)

Notes: If Oakwood’s town square seems familiar, you’ve probably been time traveling with Doc Brown. The same outdoor set on the Universal Studios lot became the center of the town of Hill Valley in the Back To The Future movies.

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One For The Angels

The Twilight ZoneJoe Bookman, a small-time street vendor, plies his wares – mainly toys and ties – to anyone within earshot of his sales pitch. A well-dressed man appears, and Joe guesses he’s a census taker, since the man seems to know everything about him. But this stranger has an more sinister agenda: he is Death, and he’s come to make his appointment with Joe. Joe tries to trick him, so Death simply chooses another victim. Infuriated, Joe gets ready for the pitch of a lifetime: it’s time to sell Death on the idea of taking a holiday.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Rod Serling
directed by Robert Parrish
music not credited

The Twilight ZoneCast: Ed Wynn (Lou Bookman), Murray Hamilton (Death), Dana Dillaway (Maggie), Jay Overholts (Doctor), Merritt Bohn (Truck Driver)

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Mr. Denton On Doomsday

The Twilight ZoneWashed-up gunslinger Al Denton, once a local legend, is now a local embarrassment, wasting away at a local saloon, tortured by younger men and by his own past. Denton finds a gun on the ground, and more by accident than by design he bests a local bully, regaining the respect of those around him, enough that he decides to go sober. Before the night is out, Denton is challenged to a gunfight, and he remembers how that life is what led him to drink in the first place. The mysterious elixir peddler Mr. Fate offers help in the form of a potion that improves Denton’s aim dramatically…for a very short period. But once word spreads that Denton is back in fine form, it’s not long before he has a challenger. Can Fate help break the cycle?

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Rod Serling
directed by Allen Reisner
music not credited

The Twilight ZoneCast: Dan Duryea (Al Denton), Martin Landau (Dan), Jeanne Cooper (Liz), Malcolm Atterbury (Henry J. Fate), Ken Lynch (Charlie), Arthur Batanides (Leader), Bill Erwin (Man), Robert Burton (Doctor), Doug McClure (Grant)

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Sixteen Millimeter Shrine

The Twilight Zone1930s starlet Barbara Jean Trenton hides away from the world in the mansion paid for by her film fame, the curtains drawn, constantly rewatching the movies she made in her heyday. Attempts to break back into Hollywood prove elusive in 1959; she balks at a comeback part in a minor role as another character’s mother. She becomes a recluse again, despite the best efforts of those around her to keep her surrendering her real life to the characters she portrayed a quarter of a century ago.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Rod Serling
directed by Mitchell Leisen
music by Franz Waxman

The Twilight ZoneCast: Ida Lupino (Barbara Jean Trenton), Martin Balsam (Danny Weiss), Jerome Cowan (Jerry Herndon), Ted de Corsia (Marty Sall), Alice Frost (Sally), Dean Stockwell (Daniel Wise)

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Walking Distance

The Twilight ZoneWashed-up New York ad agency executive Martin Sloan returns home, on foot, to his home town of Homewood. When he sets foot in Homewood, he steps back in time, more literally than he realizes. He even encounters himself, though the intensity with which he tries to impart his wisdom to younger Martin scares the boy away. His parents – both still alive in this idealized past – are no more receptive to older Martin’s presence. How far will he go to warn his younger self of the mistakes that lie ahead?

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Rod Serling
directed by Robert Stevens
music by Bernard Herrmann

The Twilight ZoneCast: Gig Young (Martin Sloan), Frank Overton (Robert Sloan), Irene Tedrow (Mrs. Sloan), Michael Montgomery (Young Marty, Ronnie Howard (Wilcox Boy), Byron Foulger (Charlie), Sheridan Comerate (Gas Station Attendant), Joseph Corey (Soda Jerk), Buzz Martin (Teenager), Nan Peterson (Woman in Park), Pat O’Malley (Mr. Wilson)

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Escape Clause

The Twilight ZoneConvinced that he’s on his deathbed every day, hypochondriac Walter Bedeker makes a deal with the devil: in exchange for his soul, Walter will be made healthy and immortal. He also has an escape clause: if he decides to renege on the deal for whatever reason, he will die. Walter immediately becomes the clumsiest man around, miraculously surviving numerous “accidents” in public places with many witnesses, and then suing for an insurance settlement. But the thrill of these incidents wears thin on him; he decides to commit a crime so heinous that he’ll get to experience (and survive) the electric chair. But when he’s sentenced to “mere” life in prison with no possibility of parole, will he be able to back out on his immortality?

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Rod Serling
directed by Mitchell Leisen
music by Bernard Herrmann

The Twilight ZoneCast: David Wayne (Walter Bedeker), Thomas Gomez (Cadwallader), Virginia Christine (Ethel Bedeker), Raymond Bailey (Doctor ), Wendell Holmes (Cooper), Dick Wilson (Jack), Joe Flynn (Steve ), Nesden Booth (Guard)

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The Lonely

The Twilight ZoneConvicted criminal James Corry is sentenced to live out his life on an asteroid with a breathable atmosphere, nine million miles from Earth. A rocket from Earth checks on him four times a year, and the desperate loneliness of isolation has driven Corry to begin regarding his jailkeepers as much-needed company. Captain Allenby smuggles a special gift to Corry: a female robot named Alicia, almost indistinguishable from a human woman. Left alone with a synthetic woman, will Corry find sanity and even love…or a new outlet for cruelty?

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Rod Serling
directed by Jack Smight
music by Bernard Herrmann

Cast: Jack Warden (James Corry), John Dehner (Captain Allenby), Jean Marsh (Alicia), Ted Knight (Adams)

The Twilight ZoneNotes: British actress Jean Marsh would go on to create and star in Upstairs, Downstairs, but she also has a significant SF pedigree, going on to appear as two different characters in Doctor Who (short-lived TARDIS traveler Sara Kingdom in The Daleks’ Masterplan, 1965-66, and Morgaine in Battlefield, 1989). She appeared in the George Lucas-produced Willow in 1988, and has appeared in such series as The Love Boat, 9 To 5, UFO, and the 1990s revival of The Tomorrow People. She has since reprised the Doctor Who character of Sara Kingdom in the Companion Chronicles audio series.

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Time Enough At Last

The Twilight ZoneHenpecked at home and unappreciated at work, bank teller Henry Bemis sneaks down to the bank vault to read on his lunch breaks. His wife resents his bookworm tendencies, and the bank manager doesn’t take too kindly to his reading habits either. One day during his lunchtime reading break, Henry falls asleep, only to be awakened by the sound of the end of the world: an atomic bomb. Protected in the bank vault, Bemis is the only survivor, and he can find no other living human beings. Helpless and on the verge of suicide, Bemis then realizes that he is now the last custodian, and consumer, of the world’s books.

Download this episode via Amazonteleplay by Rod Serling
based on a short story by Lynn Venable
directed by John Brahm
music by Leith Stevens

The Twilight ZoneCast: Burgess Meredith (Henry Bemis), Vaughn Taylor (Mr. Carsville), Jaqueline deWit (Helen Bemis), Lela Bliss (Mrs. Chester)

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Perchance To Dream

The Twilight ZoneEdward Hall walks into a doctor’s office and claims that he can’t allow himself to fall asleep, lest a woman that he has seen only in a dream cause him to die in that dream, and in real life. The doctor warns Mr. Hall that staying awake much longer will cause him to have a heart attack and die. Then Mr. Hall realizes that the woman from his dream is following him even in his waking life…or perhaps she’s just the doctor’s receptionist.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Charles Beaumont
directed by Robert Florey
music by Van Cleave

Cast: Richard Conte (Edward Hall), John Larch (Dr. Rathmann), Suzanne Lloyd (Maya)

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Judgment Night

The Twilight Zone1942: an Allied passenger ship, S.S. Queen of Glasgow, has become separated from her convoy in enemy waters during the height of the German U-Boat threat in World War II. One passenger, a Mr. Lanser, admits to being from Germany and seems very distracted. This arouses the suspicions of his fellow passengers, who begin trying to find out more about him. Lanser has little recollection of how he came to board the Queen of Glasgow, but his memory returns at the same time the others discover his true identity: he’s a German boat captain – the one responsible for sinking the S.S. Queen of Glasgow.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Rod Serling
directed by John Brahm
music not credited

Cast: Nehemiah Persoff (Carl Lanser), Deirdre Owen (Barbara Stanley), Patrick Macnee (First Officer McLeod), Ben Wright (Captain Wilbur), Leslie Bradley (Major Devereaux), Kendrick Huxham (Bartender), Hugh Sanders (Potter), Richard Peel (1st Steward), Donald Journeaux (2nd Steward), Barry Bernard (Engineer), James Franciscus (Lt. Mueller)

The Twilight ZoneNotes: This is one of those Twilight Zone episodes that’s crawling with future genre stars, including Patrick Macnee (1922-2015), barely two years before taking on the role of Steed in ITV’s The Avengers, James Franciscus (1934-1991), future star of Beneath The Planet Of The Apes, and Nehemiah Persoff, who guest starred in Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, The Six Million Dollar Man, Logan’s Run, Battlestar Galactica, The Bionic Woman, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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And When The Sky Was Opened

The Twilight ZoneA spacecraft that flew 900 miles above Earth and then vanished for 24 hours returns, with its crew of three intact. But one of the astronauts, Major Gart, doesn’t remember one of the others; he only recalls a crew of two. His crewmate, Forbes, remembers the presence of a third man, Harrington, but Forbes is the only one who seems to remember him. And then suddenly, Gart no longer remembers Forbes…

Download this episode via Amazonteleplay by Charles Beaumont
based on a short story by Richard Matheson
directed by Douglas Heyes
music by Leonard Rosenman

The Twilight ZoneCast: Rod Taylor (Lt. Col. Clegg Forbes), James Hutton (Maj. William Gart), Charles Aidman (Col. Ed Harrington), Maxine Cooper (Amy ), Paul Bryar (Bartender), Sue Randall (Nurse), Joe Bassett (Medical Officer)

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What You Need

The Twilight ZoneA man desperate for a job holds down a corner stool at the local bar, unable to afford a drink, until an older man promises him that “what you need” is coming soon. Moments later, the phone rings with a much-hoped-for job offer. Another man at the bar, harboring a more dangerous desperation, follows the old man in the hopes that he can also score a miracle. Reluctantly, just such a minor miracle is handed to him by the old man, but that isn’t enough: he wants a steady string of “what you need” and he’ll stop at nothing to get it.

Download this episode via Amazonteleplay by Rod Serling
based on a short story by Lewis Padgett (pseudonym for Henry Kuttner)
directed by Alvin Ganzer
music by Van Cleave

The Twilight ZoneCast: Steve Cochran (Fred Renard), Ernest Truex (Pedott), Read Morgan (Lefty), Arline Sax (Girl in Bar), William Edmonson (Bartender), Doris Karnes (Woman), Fred Kruger (Man on Street), Norman Sturgis (Hotel Clerk)

Notes: A dark and somber Christmas episode by any measure, What You Need isn’t really overtly a “Christmas special”…but perhaps has a warning for those who aren’t appreciative of their gifts. Arline Sax was later known by the stage name Arlene Martel.

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The Four Of Us Are Dying

The Twilight ZoneArch Hammer, a man with an uncanny ability to change his face to look like others, checks into a hotel room with a plan to impersonate several recently deceased men in an attempt to swindle their acquaintances out of money, love, or both. When he tries to escape the lair of a mob boss whose money he’s just taken, he must change his face to resemble that of a man whose picture he saw just moments ago…only to have that man’s past catch up with him.

Download this episode via Amazonteleplay by Rod Serling
based on a short story by George Clayton Johnson
directed by John Brahm
music by Jerry Goldsmith

Cast: Harry Townes (Arch Hammer), Phillip Pine (Virge Sterig), Ross Martin (Johnny Foster), Don Gordon (Andy The Twilight ZoneMarshak), Harry Jackson (Trumpeter), Bernard Fein (Mr. Penell), Peter Brocco (Mr. Marshak), Milton Frome (Detective), Beverly Garland (Maggie)

Notes: This is an early TV scoring credit for composer Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004), who was only about five years into his storied career as a TV/film composer when he scored this, his first Twilight Zone episode.

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Third From The Sun

The Twilight ZoneOn the eve of a global holocaust, two men who work on hydrogen weapons and the means of delivering them to their targets meet with their families. They have a plan: the government has also been secretly working on a craft capable of interstellar flight. They will steal this vehicle and resettle on another world, one they hope is free from the kind of madness that could wipe out all life on its surface…one that is the third planet from its sun. Unless, of course, someone from their own world puts a stop to their plan.

Download this episode via Amazonteleplay by Rod Serling
based on the short story by Richard Matheson
directed by Richard L. Bare
music not credited

The Twilight ZoneCast: Fritz Weaver (William Sturka), Edward Andrews (Carling), Joe Maross (Jerry Riden), Denise Alexander (Jody Sturka), Lori March (Eve Sturka), Jeanne Evans (Ann Riden)

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I Shot An Arrow Into The Air

The Twilight ZoneA rocket manned by eight astronauts is launched, and then disappears off of the scopes. Of the eight-man crew, four survive the rocket’s crash landing, into what they believe to be an asteroid near Earth’s orbit, since the sun is approximately the same size in the sky. The asteroid has a conveniently breathable atmosphere, but between them, the four survivors have only five gallons of water. One of them suffered critical injuries in the crash, but the mission’s commander refuses to entertain notions that water no longer be “wasted” on the injured. His subordinates, however, are feeling less charitable, until the expedition is whittled down to a single survivor…who finds that he’s far closer to home than he thought.

Download this episode via Amazonteleplay by Rod Serling
based on the story by Madelon Champion
directed by Stuart Rosenberg
music not credited

The Twilight ZoneCast: Dewey Martin (Corey), Edward Binns (Colonel Donlin), Ted Otis (Pierson), Harry Bartell (Langford), Leslie Barrett (Brandt)

Notes: The “asteroid” exteriors were shot in Death Valley, so it’s likely that the cast members were in need of water almost as badly as their characters…

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Hitch-Hiker

The Twilight ZoneA highway blowout at high speed, which could be a fatal accident in the making, merely proves to be a good scare for young Nan Adams during her cross-country drive. As she waits for a new tire to be put on her car, she first spots him: a nondescript hitchhiker, beckoning to her from the highway. Even when she resumes her trip, she keeps seeing him, and fears losing her sanity. She’s afraid to stop for him, and yet he’s everywhere. Where does he want to go…or, more precisely, where does he want her to go?

Download this episode via Amazonteleplay by Rod Serling
based on the radio play by Lucille Fletcher
directed by Alvin Ganzer
music not credited

Cast: Inger Stevens (Nan Adams), Adam Williams (Sailor), Lew Gallo (Mechanic), Leonard Strong (The Hitch-Hiker), Russ Bender (Counterman), George Mitchell (Gas Station Man)

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The Fever

The Twilight ZoneFranklin Gibbs is annoyed by his wife’s insistence that they vacation in Las Vegas, especially when she feeds a single nickel into a slot machine. At the insistence of a drunken casino patron, Franklin himself gives a nickel to the one-armed bandit, only to win a payout. Unable to sleep that night, Franklin gathers up his winnings and declares that it’s “tainted” money that he must rid himself of by going back to the casino to put it back into the machine from which it came. Hours later, he’s still there, having fallen for the trap, the illusion that if he keeps playing, he can win again.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Rod Serling
directed by Robert Florey
music not credited

The Twilight ZoneCast: Everett Sloane (Franklin gibbs), Vivi Janiss (Flora Gibbs), William Kendis (Hansen), Lee Millar (Joe), Lee Sands (Floor Manager), Marc Towers (Cashier), Art Lewis (Drunk), Arthur Peterson (Sheriff)

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The Last Flight

The Twilight ZoneSecond Lieutenant William Decker of the Royal Flying Corps lands his biplane on an American airstrip on French soil, but is astonished at the other planes nearby, and at the extraordinary reception he gets. Somehow he has traveled from 1917 to 1959, with no idea of how he came to be where and when he is. Now the question becomes: can he go back…and should he go back?

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Richard Matheson
directed by William Claxton
music not credited

The Twilight ZoneCast: Kenneth Haigh (William Decker), Alexander Scourby (General Harper), Simon Scott (Major Wilson), Robert Warwick (MacKaye), Harry Raybould (Corporal), Jerry Catron (Guard)

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Hot Snow

The Avengers

This synopsis is based upon the Big Finish audio adaptation of the original television script. The original episode’s master tape is lost and presumed destroyed. This audio adaptation can be found in Volume 1 of Big Finish’s The Avengers: The Lost Episodes series.

Dr. David Keel, just days away from getting married, has his life thrown into chaos when his bride-to-be is the target of an organized crime hit. Feeling that Scotland Yard isn’t doing enough to solve the murder, Keel decides to take on some amateur sleuthing, but when he discovers that heroin is involved, he realizes this is bigger than him. A mysterious man in a bowler hat is waiting for Keel in his flat when he returns home, but not to kill him. Instead, the man offers to help Keel bring the killer to justice…but he needs Keel to act undercover and become part of the heroin trade. If Dr. Keel can’t bring himself to trust this stranger, he may never identify the murderer.

teleplay by Ray Rigby
story by Patrick Brawn
directed by Don Leaver
music by Johnny Dankworth
Big Finish audio adaptation written by John Dorney
Big Finish audio adaptation directed by Ken Bentley
Big Finish audio adaptation music by Toby Hrycek-Robinson

Original television cast: Ian Hendry (Dr. Keel), Patrick Macnee (John Steed), Philip Stone (Dr. Tredding), Katherine Woodville (Peggy), Alister Williamson (Superintendent Wilson), Godfrey Quigley (Spicer), Charles Wade (Johnson), Murray Melvin (Charlie), Moira Redmond (Stella), June Monkhouse (Mrs. Simpson), Astor Sklair (Sergeant Rogers)

The Avengers: The Lost EpisodesBig Finish audio cast: Anthony Howell (Dr. Keel), Julian Wadham (John Steed), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Carol Wilson), Colin Baker (Dr. Tredding), Camilla Power (Peggy), Tim Bentinck (Superintendent Wilson), Adrian Lukis (Spicer/Johnson), Phil Mulryne (Big Man), Blake Ritson (Charlie), Anjella Mackintosh (Stella/Mrs. Simpson), Kieran Bew (Sergeant Rogers)

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Brought To Book

The Avengers

This synopsis is based upon the Big Finish audio adaptation of the original television script. The original episode’s master tape is lost and presumed destroyed. This audio adaptation can be found in Volume 1 of Big Finish’s The Avengers: The Lost Episodes series.

Dr. David Keel’s life has become dangerous. Having already helped his mysterious benefactor break up a dangerous drug ring, he has found himself entangled in a new world, trying to bring his fiancee’s killers to justice, even at the cost of the orderly operation of his own practice. But Keel’s mystery man does at least now have a name – John Steed – but everything else about him remains unknown. Steed has another job for Keel, putting Keel’s life in danger as he delves into the world of organized crime once again. But this time, Steed promises the payoff for which Keel has been waiting: the chance to lock up the man who killed his fiancee.

teleplay by Brian Clemens
story by Patrick Brawn
directed by Peter Hammond
music by Johnny Dankworth
Big Finish audio adaptation written by John Dorney
Big Finish audio adaptation directed by Ken Bentley
Big Finish audio adaptation music by Toby Hrycek-Robinson

Original television cast: Ian Hendry (Dr. Keel), Patrick Macnee (John Steed), Ingrid Hafner (Carol Wilson), Philip Stone (Dr. Tredding), Godfrey Quigley (Spicer), Robert James (Vance), Alister Williamson (Superintendent Wilson), Clifford Elkin (Pretty Boy), Charles Morgan (Mason), Lionel Burns (Prentice), Lawrence Archer (Johns), Redmond Bailey (Lale), Charlie Bird (Peters), Neil McCarthy (Bart), Anna Shan-Khoo (2nd Chinese Girl), Carol White (Jackie), Joyce Wong Chong (Lila)

The Avengers: The Lost EpisodesBig Finish audio cast: Anthony Howell (Dr. Keel), Julian Wadham (John Steed), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Carol Wilson), Colin Baker (Dr. Tredding), Adrian Lukis (Spicer/Vance), Tim Bentinck (Superintendent Wilson), George Rainsford (Pretty Boy), Alan Cox (Mason), Blake Ritson (Prentice)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Square Root Of Evil

The Avengers

This synopsis is based upon the Big Finish audio adaptation of the original television script. The original episode’s master tape is lost and presumed destroyed. This audio adaptation can be found in Volume 1 of Big Finish’s The Avengers: The Lost Episodes series.

Steed’s superiors assign him to infiltrate a counterfeiting ring, impersonating a skilled counterfeiter who’s just been sprung from prison. He succeeds in getting inside the operation, but finds himself at the mercy of a vicious thug nicknamed “the Cardinal” (real name: Bishop). Desperately needing help from the outside world, Steed can only call on Dr. Keel and hope that he can provide an escape route…or at least a timely, if unwitting, distraction.

written by Richard Harris
directed by Don Leaver
music by Johnny Dankworth
Big Finish audio adaptation written by John Dorney
Big Finish audio adaptation directed by Ken Bentley
Big Finish audio adaptation music by Toby Hrycek-Robinson

Original television cast: Ian Hendry (Dr. Keel), Patrick Macnee (John Steed), Ingrid Hafner (Carol Wilson), Alex Scott (The Cardinal), Heron Carvic (Five), Cynthia Bizeray (Secretary), George Murcell (Hooper), John Woodvine (Bloom), Delphi Lawrence (Lisa), Vic Wise (Warren)

The Avengers: The Lost EpisodesBig Finish audio cast: Anthony Howell (Dr. Keel), Julian Wadham (John Steed), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Carol Wilson), Tim Bentinck (The Cardinal), Phil Mulryne (Five), Beth Chalmers (Secretary), Alan Cox (Hooper), George Rainsford (Warren), Kieran Bew (Steve), Blake Ritson (Tobert), Sophie Aldred (Lila)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

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