Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
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Distant Signals 

Mr. Smith is a cult follower of the failed 60's TV show MAX PARADISE and approaches Hollywood studio executives about recreating it, despite the reluctance of its now-alcoholic leading man Van Conway.

Director:

Bill Travis

Writers:

Theodore Gershuny (teleplay), Andrew Weiner (story)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Darren McGavin ... Van Conway
Lenny von Dohlen ... Mr. Smith
David Margulies ... Gil Hurn
Joseph Bova Joseph Bova ... Lew Feldman (as Joe Bova)
Sheila King Sheila King ... Amy
John Bennes John Bennes ... Loomis
Dog Thomas Dog Thomas ... Grip
Paul Sparer Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)
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Mr. Smith is a cult follower of the failed 60's TV show MAX PARADISE and approaches Hollywood studio executives about recreating it, despite the reluctance of its now-alcoholic leading man Van Conway.

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Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1985 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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Episode is nothing special, yet it's a treat to see the professional and legendary Darren McGavin.
3 August 2008 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

This "TFTD" episode titled "Distant Signals" isn't anything great still it's a watch for the fact that it's got Darren Mcgavin in it. Anyway a strange man appears from perhaps another planet as you can tell by the look out of his eyes he may not even be human and he walks into a Hollywood agents office and he request that his favorite director do a reboot of his old favorite TV series about a P.I. the only problem it's star Van Conway(Darren McGavin)has believed to have vanished maybe even dead. Yet never fear this strange mystery man has relocated his favorite actor so his wishes have been filled it's like a rebirth of classic TV! Overall this episode is nothing great as it's not typical tales as no spooky or suspense theme is present, still it's a watch for the performance of the classy Darren McGavin as his work is always in top form.


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