The Unexpected (1952– )
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A man's life flashes before him as he jumps from a bridge to his death.


Eddie Davis


Jerome Lawrence (as Lawrence and Lee), Robert E. Lee (as Lawrence and Lee) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Herbert Marshall ... Himself - Host
Veda Ann Borg ... Georgia
Neville Brand ... Herbert Maley
Pierre Watkin ... J.B. Crane
Linda Leighton ... Bank Teller (as Linda Johnson)
Jane Easton ... Crane's Secretary
Robert Malcolm ... Policeman
Bruce Payne Bruce Payne ... Cab Driver
Frank Marlowe ... Maley's Cellmate
Max Mellinger Max Mellinger ... Prosecutor


A man's life flashes before him as he jumps from a bridge to his death.

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Release Date:

16 April 1952 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Will someone SHUT UP that narrator
26 September 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is the second episode of "The Unexpected" I have seen and I am shocked how good both episodes were AND how annoying and horrible the narration was. This is because unlike normal narrators, this guy occasionally interrupts to make commentary or make annoying comments--and it really is unnecessary and detracts from the overall show.

This one begins with some guy (Neville Brand) jumping off a bridge. Then, the film stops and the story backs up to the events that led to this point. Mailey (Brand) is a bit of a loser. He hates his life and wants better. One day he decides to change his life by stealing $43,000 from his company. He immediately puts it in a safe deposit box and figures that he'll go to jail but it will be worth it--he'll get the money out and live like a king after he serves his sentence. Not surprisingly, his plans don't go exactly as planned...after all, he WAS jumping off the bridge when the show began!

Overall, this is a clever episode--well written and engaging. It also has a nice dark sense of humor I appreciate. I just wish they'd have gotten rid of the narrator...or stuck a rag in his mouth! Then it would have been fantastic.

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