Tales of Tomorrow (1951–1953)
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Read to Me, Herr Doktor 

Patricia Kinworth is surprised to discover that her father has built a robot and named it after an old teacher nicknamed "Herr Doktor". Professor Kinworth built the robot to read his books ... See full summary »

Director:

Don Medford

Writer:

Alvin Sapinsley (by)
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Episode cast overview:
Mercedes McCambridge ... Patricia Kimworth
Everett Sloane ... Professor Kimworth
Ernest Graves Ernest Graves ... The Voice (voice)
William Kemp William Kemp ... Sidney Strong
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Patricia Kinworth is surprised to discover that her father has built a robot and named it after an old teacher nicknamed "Herr Doktor". Professor Kinworth built the robot to read his books to him, but has underestimated both the amount of intelligence he gave his creation and its desire to live out the stories that the robot has read. Written by Christopher M. Buckey

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TV-G
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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1953 (USA) See more »

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George F. Foley See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Mercedes, What Ever Possessed You?
11 August 2013 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I remember watching Mercedes McCambridge in "Johnny Guitar." She was a really intense, classy actress. Here, she finds herself playing second fiddle to one of the worst robots in the history of cinema. Somebody got hold of some cardboard boxes, a little sheet metal, and a bunch of tape, put a man inside of it, and asked us to believe that it was some kind of high tech creation. Everett Sloan, another pretty good actor, plays a man who has devoted his life to science. Because he has paid his dues, he builds a mechanical man who reads to him from the classics. Unfortunately, the big moving trashcan begins to get emotions from reading Dumas and Cervantes and develops a thing for Mercedes. He turns the table on the professor, making him read mathematics and science to him (it). How the actors were able to keep a straight face (this was live, of course) is beyond me. It does have a kind of touching conclusion, but even that is so sappy, I couldn't believe it.


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