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Tales of Tomorrow: Appointment on Mars (1952) 2006 NR CC

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3.5 out of 5 stars (65) IMDb 6.4/10

Three astronauts land on Mars, and after finding a rich Uranium ore deposit, they become concerned as one of them is certain that someone is watching them.

Starring:
Leslie Nielsen, William Redfield
Runtime:
23 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Drama, Horror
Director Don Medford
Starring Leslie Nielsen, William Redfield
Supporting actors Brian Keith, Mark Allen, Allyn Edwards, Sam Locante
Studio Synergy Ent
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By James N. Smith on August 11, 2013
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A lot of these reviews are really judging these shows too harshly. One has to take into account that this was live television. Given that alone the production values are pretty good, as this is basically a SF stage play, and the main focus are the characters, not special effects which would have been pretty difficult to pull off.

Two, this was a show proposed by actual SF writers, so the stories for the time they were written are fairly solid. Appointment on Mars contrary to a previous review is not an attempt at a 24 minute version of Bradbury's "the Martian Chronicles." Many SF writer's at the time were writing stories set around expeditions to Mars as the notion of the planet being capable of sustaining life was being heavily theorized upon in the 50's. The series did adapt the Bradbury story "Homecoming" in season 2.

If you like good, classic SF, the Tales of Tomorrow series is a good place to start, and "Appointment on Mars" is worth the time. It's also a great chance to see Brian Keith and Leslie Nielson in early roles before they became household names.

Many of the stories on the series are adaptations of SF short stories by some of the masters. You can't go wrong here, and I hope Amazon Prime gets more of these episodes available for viewing.
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This is a very early TV program. The video and audio are poor because the video is actually a movie taken of a TV set (which were not good in 1952). The 3 actors went on to be huge stars in movies. Only Leslie Nielsen was known at that time. This was in the days when he played heavies and gangsters before he became known as a comedian. This was live TV. Look at it as a stage play.

Do not look for realism or scientific accuracy. The program was about greed and the deterioration of character in the face of riches. Make sure you watch all the way to the end for a surprise finish.
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This is a nicely acted episode of an early television science fiction series. The drama was presented live back in 1952, and "kinescoped" to preserve it. A young Leslie Nielsen, Robert Redfield, and Robert Keith, Jr. (later better known as Brian Keith) act up a storm as three men who reach Mars where their triumph turns to tragedy. There is a "surprise" ending which is not too much of a surprise. The script is reasonably good, but the sets and effects are theatrical and primitive by current standards. The performances carry the show with these three skilled young actors at the beginnings of their careers very convincing as the first three earth men to reach Mars where their friendship starts to crack in the alien environment. It is worth a look mostly to see the cast at work or as a curiosity piece from the early days of television.
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This is a fun example of what science fiction on TV looked like. This 1952 TV-movie is actually a cheaply produced movie. Three astronauts land on Mars, where they almost meet the Martians, but things go wrong, especially due to human greed.

I highly recommend this film, and I'm guessing that other "Tales of Tomorrow" will also be fun to find and watch.
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Wow. Leslie Nielsen was once young.

Pretty obvious the influence a show like this would've had on Rod Sering when creating the Twilight Zone.

Some complain about poor video quality, but considering this was filmed in 1952 for TV (before reruns, replays, repeats existed on TV) and they were not thinking about "how can we preserve this for future generations??", I was very impressed.

I love old black and white shows and we should all just be happy this gem still exist at all.
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This movie encapsulates all that was the early years of science fiction space movies, long long before Star Wars, Star Trek, etc. The movie is Black & White, the resolution quality is not the greatest, the scenery and props are low budget. This move was made during a time in American history when Outer Space was a complete unknown to many. Based on three astronauts on Mars it will tickle the minds eye and imagination just enough to keep you watching till the end. Recommended to all true Outer Space Sci-Fi buffs.
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This is an episode from the sci-fi television show, "Tales of Tomorrow", which ran from 1951 to 1953 and was the precursor for later shows, such as "The Twilight Zone". These were live performances, so it gives the effect as if one were watching a play. It was fun to see a very young and handsome Leslie Neilsen, as well as Brian Kieth, in this episode.

Don't expect great production values or special effects, as this was live tv. The plot is simple. Three men land on Mars, little knowing what awaits them there. Watch it and find out for yourself. Although the ending is somewhat predictable, it is interesting to see how television fared in its early days, but it is still more of a curiosity at best.
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when they were young and starting out on television. You have to understand this is television at it's earliest and based on some of the reviews, many don't realize this was live television as well. This is a throwback to when we knew almost nothing about what we know regarding science and the planets. Take it with a grain of salt and enjoy it.

This is a tale that shows humans on Mars and for what? To exploit their resources. How do the Martians handle it? Watch and find out but it's a classic tale that uses human emotions and fears to get what they want.
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