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Friday, April 8, 2016

TALES OF TOMORROW: What You Need

Guest Stars:  William Redfield, Edgar Stehli
Directed by Charles S. Dubin
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

A reporter investigates a curio shop where wealthy men have been paying large sums for ordinary items, and discovers the proprietor can look into the future. 

A fine morality play well-written and acted, this episode has the feel of a Twilight Zone drama, and with good reason, as per Wikipedia, the story was adapted for that series as well.  As the teleplay takes us between settings and even forward in time and back, a challenge for any live broadcast, there's some clever transitions between scenes including the camera panning up and down calendar pages.  Redfield and Stehli are both very good, convincingly bringing to life the morally challenged reporter and the noble shopkeeper, who are both corrupted by the power of an incredible machine.

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