Greetings, and welcome to CLASSICS ON THE TUBE. Here you'll find capsule reviews of vintage TV series episodes from the early days of television through the 1970s, with a special emphasis on sci-fi, horror, and mystery series. Be sure to check out the Pages links, where you can find an index of episodes reviewed for each television series.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015


Guest Stars:  Dennis Price, Deborah Watling, Edwin Richfield, Barbara Chilcott, David Ritch
Directed by Pennington Richards
(actor & director credits courtesy

A disfigured wealthy collector begs the Invisible Man to make him invisible as well, but has a secret agenda to use his new ability for murder.

Dennis Price turns in a fine guest performance under makeup and a partial mask in a well-scripted episode from Leslie Arliss and Stanley Mann.  Although this installment features fine effects work, it's what's not shown which is most effective, leaving Price's disfigurement up to the audience's imagination, and his quest for revenge explained through dialogue alone.

Monday, November 23, 2015

H.G. WELLS' INVISIBLE MAN: Crisis In The Desert

Guest Stars:  Adrienne Corri, Eric Pohlmann, Martin Benson, Peter Sallis, Howard Pays
Directed by Pennington Richards
(actor & director credits courtesy

The Invisible Man is sent to the Middle East to rescue a government agent captured by a cruel officer who plans to torture him for information.

Although the heavy makeup used to pass the British cast off as Arabs is unfortunate, this episode remains a fine adventure with a colorful foreign backdrop and some nice suspenseful scenes.  Corri turns in a strong guest performance as Brady's contact, and the special effects, including an invisible Brady parachuting into enemy territory, are top notch.

Friday, November 20, 2015

H.G. WELLS' INVISIBLE MAN: Secret Experiment

Guest Stars:  Lisa Daniely, Deborah Watling, Lloyd Lamble, Bruce Seton, Ernest Clark
Directed by Pennington Richards
(actor & director credits courtesy

Dr. Peter Brady accidentally turns himself invisible during a lab experiment, and seeks out the aid of a colleague in finding a cure.

Despite H.G. Wells' name in the titles, this series is not very faithful to his famous novel, featuring a kinder and more heroic protagonist, unlike Wells' creation who turns murderously insane.  Nonetheless it's great fun, with a likable cast and impressive special effects.  Occasionally you may able to spot some wires, but other than that, the effects hold up well, and the uncredited American voice of Peter Brady is well-suited to the Invisible Man's adventures, although it stands out somewhat oddly among the British cast.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015


Hosted by Truman Bradley
Guest Stars:  Gene Barry, Audrey Totter, Ludwig Stossel, Robert Clarke, Herbert Rudley
Directed by Jack Arnold
(actor & director credits courtesy

A scientist working for an oil company neglects his wife searching for a breakthrough at home, and may have found it in the fossil of an ancient spider.

I enjoyed this episode, which features a strong teleplay by Jerry Sackheim, and a good cast, including familiar sci-fi names Barry and Clarke, and also Stossel in a standout charming performance.  As with other episodes of the series, its imaginings may not have come true in the real world, but it's well-presented with the real practice of carbon-dating nicely incorporated into the story.