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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

TALES OF TOMORROW: Verdict From Space

Guest Stars: Lon McCallister, Martin Brandt, William Lally, Bernard Lenrow, Watson White
Directed by Leonard Valenta
(actor & director credits courtesy

A young inventor finds himself on trial for murder after helping a scientist unlock a mysterious door in a strange underground cavern.

The debut episode of this science fiction anthology series from the early days of television still makes for interesting drama, even though it apparently aired live, so there's no special effects to see, and the most fantastic sights take place off camera.  But the script and actors do a good job of creating enough mystery to intrigue the audience, and even though the episode's climactic set piece is not especially effective, the ideas behind it are.  Filmmakers of today who rely on fantastic CGI to impress the audience could learn some lessons from this production.  

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