Science Fiction Theatre (1955–1957)
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Spider, Inc. 

A scientist thinks he can use a 50 million year old piece of amber with a spider encased within to produce synthetic oil.


Jack Arnold


Jerry Sackheim (screenplay)


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Episode cast overview:
Truman Bradley ... Host / Narrator
Gene Barry ... Joe Ferguson
Audrey Totter ... Ellie Ferguson
Ludwig Stössel ... Mr. Rogers (as Ludwig Stossel)
Robert Clarke ... Frank
Herbert Rudley ... Mr. McAdoo
Frank Hanley Frank Hanley ... Dr. Hemingway
Phil Arnold ... Schmidt
George Meader George Meader ... Mr. Malloy


A scientist thinks he can use a 50 million year old piece of amber with a spider encased within to produce synthetic oil.

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Drama | Sci-Fi





Release Date:

28 May 1955 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Carbon-14 dating can only carbon date organic material back to approx. 40,000 years, which means the fossil could not be dated back to 20 million years. It also could not be used for fossils, which no longer contain organic materials. See more »

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I Never Really Got the Petroleum Thing
10 July 2013 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This silly episode begins with the silly 1950's thing about childbirth. When a woman becomes pregnant, everything is supposed to stop. The husband is an insensitive, myopic nerd who can't see past the end of his nose. The wife tells him how his research is ruining their lives--at least from a financial standpoint. Into his life comes a piece of petrified amber with a spider fossil in it. Somehow, this is going to provide a breakthrough for him and his new family. The kindly old science shop guy wants to sell it to him or 1500 dollars. A lot of goofy stuff happens in a kind of "It's a Wonderful LIfe" way, and his creditors get together and form a corporation. All that stuff aside, I still don't know what they discovered at the end. Watch it and see if you understand.

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