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Tales of the Unexpected 

Anthology series presenting stories of suspense, mystery and science-fiction, usually with some sort of twist ending.
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William Conrad ...  Narrator 8 episodes, 1977
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Quinn Martin was the executive producer of this short-lived anthology series that focused on stories with a supernatural or science-fiction twist. It boasted the typical QM trappings: each act began with a graphic announcing "Act I", "Act II", etc.; expensive-looking production values and location shooting; popular guest stars like Bill Bixby, Lloyd Bridges and Roy Thinnes; narration by "Cannon" star William Conrad; decent scripts; and, of course, all those Ford vehicles. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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USA

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English

Release Date:

2 February 1977 (USA) See more »

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Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected See more »

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(8 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Rare tv at its best
29 March 2018 | by Radish4everSee all my reviews

Known as Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected but released in the UK as Twist in the tale.

Every episode was a different story with often horror or supernatural elements. The pilot was a remake of cape fear - and probably the best version of this story. There was also a remake of the episode of the Invaders (also an earlier Quinn Martin tv series) and although all the episodes where fun, the one I remember fondly was 'A hand for Sonny Blue' about an American Football player that has a hand transplant. Unfortunately it has a mind of its own.

The twists were sometimes disappointing and you are left thinking WHAT? !!!! but that didn't stop you looking forward the next episode. Ran too short (8 episodes) and there were more episodes planned. Despite one of the most requested shows for a DVD release, this still remains something we are still waiting for. Several of the episodes were repeated on cable tv channels but nowadays it seems to be overlooked or forgotten. Pity, as 1970's telly at its best.


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