Monday, May 11, 2015

Tales of Tomorrow: The Horn (1952)

Franchot worked in many television programs in the 1950s. Many of these programs were filmed live and give today's viewers a good representation of what it may have been like to watch Franchot's theater work. In 1952, Franchot starred as an inventor in "The Horn" episode of the Tales of Tomorrow anthology series.

As Martenson, he invents a horn that can transmit natural responses and emotions to those who hear it. The listener can feel fear, panic, rage, serenity, and so on. The horn is celebrated and Martenson touted as a brilliant inventor.

Martenson is to give a speech and then plans to donate the horn, but the horn is taken by the jealous Lippitt, a foreman with the violin company, who plans to use it for negative purposes.

"The Horn" features Stephen Elliott, Barbara Joyce, and Joseph Latham as the other main players. At the time of this writing, "The Horn" and other episodes of Tales of Tomorrow are streaming on HuluPlus.

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