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Saturday, October 24, 2015

SCIENCE FICTION THEATRE: The Lost Heartbeat

Hosted by Truman Bradley
Guest Stars:  Zachary Scott, Walter Kingsford, Jan Shepard, Thomas McKee, John Mitchum
Directed by Henry S. Kesler
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

A scientist dying of a bad heart tries to convince a brilliant pupil of his to try an experimental new surgery on him.

Walter Kingsford returns to the series in a different guest role in this installment concerning medical technology powered by solar batteries.  Several episodes of the series thus far have focused on imagined technology in the years to come rather than flights of fantasy in a distant future, and this one is no exception, and while I don't think solar batteries have come into play the way the teleplay imagines here, it doesn't make for a bad drama, although as Kingsford's daughter, Shepard's protests about the evils of science seem a bit hard to believe.

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