Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Episode 38:  Operation Flypaper (February 3, 1956)

Science Fiction Theatre certainly wasn't the greatest SF anthology series to appear on television but, considering its low budget and hectic production schedule, the series deserves major props.  Produced by Ivan Tors and Maurice Ziv,  

Science Fiction Theatre ran for two seasons from 1955 to 1957.  The first season was produced in color and the expense and the slow rise of color television at the time forced the studio to film the second season in black and white.  The show featured common science fiction tropes, often featuring scientists working on new inventions and theories.  Robots, space flight, telepathy, flying saucers,aliens among us...all were grist for the mill.

Truman Bradley, radio announcer and occasional actor, hosted the series, often doing simple scientific experiments that tied in with whatever was the theme of that week's show.  Among the directors used in the series were Jack Arnold and William Castle.

In Operation Flypaper, scientific experiments are being sabotaged by disappearing equipment and documents.   The scientists begin realize that these items are not the only only things stolen.  Time itself is disappearing.

This episode stars the great Vincent Price.  Others in the cast include George Eldredge and John Eldredge (real-life brothers playing brothers in the episode), Argentinean-born Kristine Miller, Swedish-born Mauritz Hugo, well-known character actor Dabs Greer, and William Vaughan.

Operation Flypaper was directed by Eddie Davis from a script by Doris Gilbert.


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