CTVA US Anthology - "Tales of the Unexpected" (Quinn Martin/NBC)(1977)

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Roald Dahl's Tales Of The Unexpected  (UK) (Anglia/ITV)(1979-1988)

Tales Of The Unexpected (1977)

UK title: Twist in the Tale

Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
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with contributions by: Rina Fox

references:

TV Guide/ Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)

Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)

UCLA Film and Television Archive

 

a Quinn Martin  Production

for

NBC Wednesdays 10:00 PM ET)

Executive Producer Quinn Martin

Produced by John Wilder & William Robert Yates

 

US Thriller Anthology series 1977   7 episodes x 60 min color (02Feb77-24Aug77)

Hosted by and Narrated by William Conrad

 

An anthology series of thrillers with twist endings.

 

'Tales of the Unexpected' theme music composed by David Shire

 

Not to be confused with the UK series 'Tales of the Unexpected'

produced by Anglia television in 1979 originally hosted by author Roald Dahl.

 

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1.01 Tales of the Unexpected (anthology): THE FINAL CHAPTER [UCLA]

QM production

02Feb77 NBC 10pm EST      

executive producer, Quinn Martin

producer, John Wilder 

director, Richard Lang

Teleplay by John Wilder

Based on a short story by Richard O. Lewis.

Director of Photography, Michel Hugo.

Film  Editor, Ray Daniels;

Narrator: William Conrad

Guest Cast:

Roy Thinnes ......... Frank Harris

Tim O'Connor ........ Zimmerman

Ramon Bieri ......... Warden Greer

Ned Beatty .......... McClaskey

Brendan Dillon ...... Chaplain

Lincoln Kirkpatrick

Neva Patterson

R.G. Armstrong

Don Calfa

Rafael Campos

George Clifton

Hank Brandt

Robert Doqui

Ted Gehring

Eric Server

Herman Poppe

Todd Martin

Ty Henderson

Synopsis: 

"Debut: Suspense and mystery are the staples in this

anthology series introduced by William Conrad.

In the opener, a crusading journalist feels that the

only way he can write accurately about capital punishment

is to have himself placed on Death Row" [UCLA]

Commercials:

Amana Radarange microwave oven -- Beneficial Income

Tax Service. With Don Knotts --

Instead bras -- La Choy chinese foods --   Freaky

Friday--trailer--TV.

 

1.02 Tales of the Unexpected (anthology): THE MASK OF ADONIS [UCLA]

QM production

09Feb77 NBC Wed

executive producer, Quinn Martin

producer, John Wilder

written by Ken Trevey

directed by Richard Lang

Director of photography, Michel Hugo

Film Editor, Ray Daniels

musical background score by Richard Markowitz

Narrator: William Conrad.

Guest Cast:

Robert Foxworth ..... Alexander Rush

Marlyn Mason ........ Dr. Viviana Kadar

Linda Kelsey ........ Gerry McIntire 

Victor Jory

Clyde Kusatsu

Steve Sandor

Hanna Hertelendy

Jeffry Druce

Mark Thomas.

Synopsis 1:

Film producer Alexander Rush discovers a fountain of youth -

an isolated clinic run by the sinister Dr. Viviana Kadar.

But Rush finds that the price may be more than he's willing to pay.

Synopsis 2: 

"A 52-year-old producer relies on a coldhearted doctor

and her mysterious rejuvenation process to maintain the appearance

of a man in his 30s" [UCLA]

Commercials:

Ivory Liquid dish soap -- Clairol Loving Care hair

color -- Cascade dishwasher soap

-- 7-Up -- The Cassandra crossing--trailer--TV.

 

1.03 Tales of the Unexpected (anthology): DEVIL PACK WRITER [UCLA]

QM production 

16Feb77 Wed

executive producer, Quinn Martin

producer, John Wilder

Teleplay by Arnold Somkin

From a story by Nina Laemmle.

Directed by Harry Falk

Director of Photography, Michel Hugo

Film Editor, Jerry Young

musical background score by Duane Tatro

Narrator: William Conrad.

Guest Cast:

Ronny Cox ............. Jerry Colby

Van Williams .......... sheriff

Christine Belford ...... Ann Colby

Russell Thorson ........ Scottie

Larry Mahan

David Hollander

David McLean.

Paul Pepper

Synopsis: 

"An isolated community is terrorized by wild dogs

whose bloodcurdling howls cause their domesticated

cousinry to turn against their masters" [UCLA]

 

1.04 Tales of the Unexpected (anthology): THE NOMADS [UCLA]

QM production

23Feb77 NBC Wed

executive producer, Quinn Martin

producer, William Robert Yates

Teleplay by Earl Wallace / Story by  Anthony Wilson

Directed by  Allen Reisner

Director of Photography, Michel Hugo

Film Editor, Ray Daniels

musical background score by Richard Markowitz

Narrator: William Conrad.

Guest Cast:

David Birney ............. Paul Birney

Eugene Roche ............. Langston

David Huddleston ......... Sheriff Henry

Katherine Justice ........ Barbara

Lynne Marta

James Best

William Campbell

Read Morgan

Claudia Bryar

Alvah Stanley

Synopsis:

"A war veteran, whose credibility is questioned because

of a history of hallucinations, tries to prove that he

really saw a UFO" [UCLA]

Note: A re-working of the pilot episode for the 1967 'The

Invaders' series.  

 

1.05 Tales of the Unexpected (anthology): A HAND FOR SONNY BLUE [UCLA]

QM production

09Mar77 NBC Wed

executive producer, Quinn Martin /producer, John

Wilder

Telplay byJohn WIlder/

Based on a short story "The hand that wouldn't behave"

by Emile S. Schurmacher.

Directed by Curtis Harrington

Director of Photography, Michel Hugo

Film Editor, Jerry Young

musical background score: Richard Markowitz

Narrator: William Conrad

Guest Cast:

Rick Nelson  ............ Sonny Blue

Janice Lynde ............ Brenda Jackson

Carl Weathers ........... Hank Dalby

Alfred Ryder ............ Max

Paul Cavonis ............ Art Winters

Stewart Moss

Darrell Fetty

Henry Brown

Aldine King

Tom Kelly

Eric Kilpatrick

Natividad Vacio

Synopsis 1:

A major American  baseball league pitcher undergoes a successful hand transplant -

then finds the new limb  taking on a life of its own.

Synopsis 2:

"Doctors try to save the career of a top major-league pitcher by replacing

his mangled right hand with one taken from a dead criminal" [UCLA]

 

1.06 Tales of the Unexpected (anthology): THE FORCE OF EVIL

16Mar77 NBC Wed

written by Robert Malcolm Young

directed by Richard Lang

guest stars

Lloyd Bridges

William Watson

Patricia Crowley

Kirby Cullen

John Anderson

Eve Plumb (The Brady Bunch)

 

1.07 Tales of the Unexpected (anthology): YOU'RE NOT ALONE [UCLA]

QM production

17Aug77 NBC Wed

executive producer, Quinn Martin

producer, William Robert Yates

written by Carol Sarenco

directed by Allen Reisner

Director of Photography, Michel Hugo

Film Editor, Jerry Young

Narrator: William Conrad.

Guest Cast:

Joanna Pettet ............ Julie Thomas

Herbert Edelman .......... Don Lucas

Jenny O'Hara ............. Mary Ann

Patricia Smith ........... Amelia Brownlee

Gary Collins ............. John Harris

Patricia Mattick ......... Betty

John Dullaghan

Jan Merlin

Sarah Hardy

Kem Dibbs

Nina Weintraub

Synopsis: 

"A voyeur drives a woman to irrational acts with his gifts and anonymous phone calls" [UCLA]

Commercials:

American Express travelers' checks. Don't leave home

without them with Karl Malden -- Stay Free Maxi Pads.

 

1.08 Tales of the Unexpected (anthology): NO WAY OUT

24Aug77 NBC Wed

written by James Schermer

director by Walter Grauman

Guest Cast:

Bill Bixby

Dean Stockwell

Robert Pine

Hal England

Robert Hogan

Davey Davison

Sheila Larken

Synopsis:

A Naval Officer (Bill Bixby) 'too busy' to pay much attention to his young son.

He sail his boat through a time warp, emerging 25 years in the future when

he discovers his grown-up son making the same mistake he did.

 

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Additional proposed titles - never produced

 

  [--] Something's Out There

  [--] Remember Tomorrow

  [--] A Place of Guilt

  [--] Graves For the Living

  [--] A Safe Return

 

A telefeature TV Movie aired as a 'Tales of the Unexpected' special  .....

 

  [--] SOMEONE IS WATCHING ME (2-hour tvm)

       1978

       produced by John Carpenter

       starring

       Lauren Hutton

       David Birney

       Adrienne Barbeau (Maude)

 

       This was NOT a Quinn Martin production and therefore cannot really be considered as part of the series.
 

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