Tales of Tomorrow

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 42

    What Dreams May Come

    Aired 6/12/53

  • S 2 : Ep 41

    Lazarus Walks

    Aired 5/29/53

  • S 2 : Ep 40

    The Spider's Web

    Aired 5/22/53

  • S 2 : Ep 39

    Ink

    Aired 5/15/53

  • S 2 : Ep 38

    The Vault

    Aired 5/8/53

  • Cast & Crew
  • Leslie Nielsen

    Robbie

  • Darren McGavin

  • Boris Karloff

    Harry Marco

  • Robert F. Simon

    Giles

  • Paul Newman

    Sgt. Wilson

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  • show Description
  • Tales Of Tomorrow was a science fiction anthology program that aired on the American Broadcasting Company network between 1951 and 1953. The episodes aired live and featured the top sci-fi stories up until that time, with a total series run of 85 half hour episodes over two seasons.

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    • Tim: Sure, sure my wife was an angel. That's why I had to kill her. We've got the wrong idea of angels, my friend. They're not good. That's why I had to kill her before she killed me.

    • Tim: Then you have to stop it, dear, you must.
      Joanne: I can't stop it, I can't stop it. Can you expect a plant to stop growing, can you make it go back into a seed? I can't help it. I'm becoming a different being.

    • Tim: But tonight, as I walked in, my heart almost stopped. There she was, more beautiful and radiant than ever. If it was if she had come back after all. This horrible nightmare was over. My Johanna was mine again. Warm and beautiful, right in front of me.

    • Tim: I suppose it's murder. I'd call it execution. She was my wife but she wasn't human anymore. She could have made the world unfit to live in. If I hadn't killed her, someone else would have. People like her have to be killed and killed they will be! This so-called new class will find out that might does not make right, now or in the future.

    • Professor Vaneck: Leeuwanhoek was mad! Galileo was mad! All who see first are mad! And then the world sees with them and they become heroes!

    • Tom: Would you mind telling me what business you're in?
      Peter: Yes, I would.
      Tom: I could check you through the Better Business Bureau.
      Peter: As you wish.
      Tom: In the past two days, I have seen people walk out of here with, let me see... an egg, a pair of rubber gloves, a test tube, and now a gun. Rather a weird assortment, wouldn't you say?
      Peter: I would indeed.

    • Peter: You labor under a misapprehension. I cannot map out your future. Every man has several possible futures. The specific future that is yours must be your own free choice.

    • Tom: You claim you're not interested in money, you're not interested in playing God. You're just doing it for mankind. You're saving the needy. Well I won't gamble that you love this little game of yours and will get rid of anything that will get in the way, and I'm in the way.
      Peter: So you are.
      Tom: Publicity will ruin you. And I'm just the guy to do it. I subscribe to your service, my price for silence is the future. I want to know what tomorrow will bring. I want what I need!

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    Notes (15)

    • This episode is available for viewing by appointment at the Museum of TV and Radio 25 W.52 Street NYC

    • This episode is available on DVD through Television Classics; PMB 421; 991-C Lomas Santa Fe Drive; Solana Beach, CA 92075. The DVD has three half hour episodes: Frankenstein, The Crystal Egg and Appointment on Mars

    • Some background music is STravinsky's "Firebird"

    • This episode is available on DVD through Television Classics; PMB 421; 991-C Lomas Santa Fe Drive; Solana Beach, CA 92075. The DVD has three half hour episodes: Frankenstein, The Crystal Egg and Appointment on Mars

    • This episode is available for viewing by appointment at the Museum of TV and Radio 25 W.52 Street NYC

    • This episode is available for viewing by appointment at the Museum of TV and Radio 25 W.52 Street NYC

    • This story was retold almost scene for scene (using somewhat different dialogue) in an episode of "Science Fiction Theatre" using a different title (Beyond Return) and credited to a different writer (John Jessel).

    • In a scene where the Dr. checks Carols heart with a Stethoscope, he doesn't bother to put the listening end into his ears.

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    Trivia (13)

    • In one scene, the monster lifts a chair and puts it down and then "motions" smashing it. It is held that Lon Chaney (Jr.) playing the monster thought it was a rehearsal not an actual broadcast and hence did not want to break the chair!

    • Tom alternates between calling his editor "Fred" and "Frank."

    • This episode is based on the short story "What You Need" by Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore. This story was first published in Astounding Science Fiction (October, 1945).

    • This episode was later remade as an episode of The Twilight Zone.

    • When Michael calls Natalie, she calls the bank manager "Tipton." The rest of the time and in the end credits, his name is "Tickton."

    • Although the end credits indicate the couple's name is "Full," they are referred to as "Fulbright" throughout the episode.

    • This episode is based on the short story "The Little Black Bag" by C. M. Kornbluth. The story was first published in Astounding Science Fiction (July 1950).

    • Another adaptation of this story was featured on Rod Serling's Night Gallery and starred Burgess Meredith.

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  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • TV's Full Fledged Science Fiction Series.

    By thegalaxybeing, Apr 27, 2014

  • Tales of Tomorrow! Sci fi classic of all right magnitude. Perhaps it needed more robots.

    By ChipsTheButler, Nov 28, 2011

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