What Would “In Search Of” Have Sounded like with Rod Serling Instead of Leonard Nimoy as Host?

In 1973 Rod Serling narrated the TV documentary “In Search of Ancient Astronauts” which was based on the book “Chariot of the Gods” by Erich von Daniken. This show and its follow up “In Search of Ancient Mysteries” in 1975 would serve as pilots for the popular TV series “In Search Of” (1976-1982). Serling was originally chosen to host the new show, but do to his untimely death had to be replaced with Leonard Nimoy. We will never know if “In Search Of” would have been as popular under Serling, but you can get an idea of what the show might have sounded like by watching “In Search of Ancient Astronauts”. Enjoy.

Saturday Frights: The Twilight Zone – “The Silence” (1961)

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Welcome to another installment of Saturday Frights! This evening we offer for your enjoyment a classic episode of the Twilight Zone, the episode is entitled “The Silence” and was originally broadcast on CBS back on April 28, 1961. The episode deals with one Colonel Archie Taylor (Franchot Tone) who finds that his quite time at the men’s club is continuously wrecked by the nervous chatter of a fellow member, Jamie Tennyson (Liam Sullivan). Taylor decides to lay a wager against Tennyson that he will not be able to speak for one year. If Tennyson accomplishes the feat he will find himself $500,000 richer.

To make sure that Tennyson holds up his end of the wager he will live in a glass apartment constructed in the game room of the men’s club. Microphones set up throughout the apartment will be able to detect any noise that Tennyson might make. His meals will be provided and his communication made through written notes, plus any member of the club may come and visit him at anytime.

This episode also features Jonathan Harris (Lost in Space, Freakazoid) as Taylor’s friend and lawyer as well as Cyril Delevanti.

As we’ve seen with the Twilight Zone series multiple times, the most frightening thing we can witness is what our fellow human beings are capable of. So please turn down the lights, bundle up, and join us for Saturday Frights as we once again visit the Twilight Zone.

As always I want to thank Sean Hartter for the excellent artwork you see up top. Make sure to visit his blog and take a look at all of the other pieces of art he has on display!

Retro Radio Memories: The Twilight Zone – “Time Enough At Last”

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Welcome to another installment of Retro Radio Memories! We are doing something a little different this week, instead of the next chapter in the Flash Gordon saga or something similar we are taking a listen to an episode of the Twilight Zone Radio Drama.

The Twilight Radio Drama are new radio dramatizations that are produced by Carl Amari who in 2002 licensed the rights from the Rod Serling Estate as well as CBS Enterprises. Featuring narration by Stacy Keach (Road Games, American History X) as well as a slew of well known actors including Jim Caviezel, Jane Seymour, Ed Begley Jr., Adam West, Blair Underwood, Chris McDonald, Stan Freberg, Adam Baldwin, and Hal Sparks to name just a few, the series features adaptations from the original scripts preserved in the Serling Archives by writer Dennis Etchinson.

The Twilight Zone Radio Drama is hosted on many stations across the States and even in Canada, follow the link provided to find out where you can catch it in your neck of the woods. You can pick up box sets and individual episodes on the official site too.

The shows are also available to purchase on iTunes and I’ve loaded up my iPod with almost the complete collection, I highly recommend you check the shows out for yourself.

[Via] RWC Blogger

Saturday Frights: Night Gallery “Make Me Laugh” (1971)

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Welcome back all of you fear fiends to a new installment of Saturday Frights! Tonight we offer for your enjoyment a duo of Night Gallery Episodes entitled “Make Me Laugh” as well as “Clean Kills and Other Trophies”.

Now if this is your first taste of the Night Gallery I humbly suggest you take a quick listen to Episode 27 of the Retroist Podcast to get up to speed.

Our first of the two offerings this evening “Make Me Laugh” was written by Rod Serling and directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Godfrey Cambridge delivering a powerful performance as a comedian who has seen his best days pass him by but thanks to a chance meeting with a miracle worker by the name of Chatterje (Jackie Vernon), the comedian might find you should be careful what you wish for. The episode also has appearances by Tom Bosley (Happy Days) and Al Lewis (The Munsters).

The second segment entitled “Cleans Kills and Other Trophies” is also written by Rod Serling and deals with the rigid Colonel Archie Dittman (Raymond Massey), a big game hunter who is disgusted by his sensitive son Archie Dittman Jr (Barry Brown) and his refusal to hunt. The disgust that the Colonel bestows on his Son goes beyond mere insults and browbeating, he has changed his will to stipulate that if Archie Jr. hasn’t killed a beast with a gun within 15 days his multimillion dollar inheritance will be forfeit.

So dim the lights and grab your favorite snacks and join us for Saturday Frights as we pay a visit to the Night Gallery.

As always I wish to thank Sean Hartter for the impressive artwork you see up top. Make sure to visit his site and check out all of the many wonderful works there.