Tales of Tomorrow

The Little Black Bag

Season 1, Ep 35, Aired 5/30/52
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  • Episode Description
  • A struggling doctor takes his instruments to a pawnshop because his wife complains about their lack of money. Once in the shop, he makes a deal with the pawnbroker for $20.00 and a mysterious medical bag. Later, it is discovered that the instruments in the bag can perform "miracle cures". Upon close inspection of the instruments, a patent date of July 18, 2450 is revealed.

  • Cast & Crew
  • C.M. Kornbluth

  • Mann Rubin

  • Vicki Cummings

    Angie Fulbright

  • Joseph Anthony (II)

    Doctor Arthur Fulbright

  • Florence Anglin

    Mrs. Colucci

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Doctor Fulbright: Oh, I'm tired. Tired.
      Angie: Oh, you poor little man. What do you know about being tired? I'm tired, too. Tired of wearing shabby clothes, tired of living in cheap rooms and listening to your excuses. Tired? What from? You haven't earned a dollar in a month.

    • Pawnbroker: I--I thought maybe you'd come to take something out. You know, your watch, perhaps.
      Doctor Fulbright: A man has nothing to do, he needn't keep track of time.

    • Doctor Fulbright: Now you tell me how much I can get on that bag.
      Pawnbroker: Okay. Okay, but I hate doing it. So I can let you have $25.
      Doctor Fulbright: $25. For twenty-five years. No profit in that. I'll take it.

    Trivia (5)

    • Another adaptation of this story was done for the BBC anthology series Out of the Unknown in 1969.

    • 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.

    • Although the patent date on one of the instruments reads July 18, 2450, the doctor reads it as July 15th. Later in the story, the doctor refers to the instruments as coming from the 21st century.

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