Escape’s "Maracas" is the story of someone who is double-crossed not just once but twice. In this episode, a man named Doyle takes a job as mate on a freighter leaving San Diego, California.
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Escape’s "Something for Nothing" is a story about a "handsome, ruthless gambler" named Gil Devon who witnesses a murder and then blackmails his way into bigger and better things.
Escape’s "The Game" involves two young men, a bottle of whisky and a game of Russian roulette. It appears to be a cautionary tale based on some unnamed true story or urban legend.
Escape’s "Conquerer’s Isle" begins with a burst of organ music and then draws us into the story of a lost Navy bomber crew in the South China Sea during WWII. Their plane is damaged, lost in a typhoon.
When Jim finds Dave, his friend is in trouble with the law for liquor-running. Nevertheless, Dave follows through on his promise and sends him over to talk to Captain Manack, the owner of a local mine. When he does, Jim discovers that Captain Manack doesn’t want to work the old tin mine for profit, he wants Jim to blow a hole through the top of an undersea shaft and flood it. That way, they can create an underwater entrance for illegal liquor to be unloaded into the mine. Will Jim take the job?
In "Alibi Me," Mickey Rooney stars as a small-time hood who murders his rival and then desperately tries to come up with an alibi.
Mickey_Rooney As the episode opens, Georgie confronts his long-time enemy, Juley, who has taken over part of his punchboard territory. Juley is smug and condescending to Georgie, who then kills him in angry rage.
Afterward, Georgie realizes that he will be the first one the police suspect. So, he goes on a crazed search to find anyone who will give him an alibi.
Can he come up with one in time? Or, will his dead rival get the last laugh?
"Alibi Me" was written by Therd Jeffrey and adapted by Walter Newman. Elliott Lewis produced an directed. Mickey Rooney starred. Also appearing were Tommy Bernard, Wally Maher, Charlotte Lawrence, Joseph Kearns, and Lou Merrill. This episode aired on January 4, 1951.
In "The One Who Got Away," Hume Cronyn stars as a bank employee who blackmails a coworker to help him commit murder.
Hume-cronyn As the episode opens, James is listening to his wife, Ethel, talk.
Is he really listening? He tries, but Ethel just talks and talks and talks…
After ten years of marriage, James has had enough. The problem is he can’t find a way out. He tried to leave her once, but she followed him and talked until he "came back home…just to shut her up."
One day, an opportunity to change his situation comes along. While doing a spot check on accounts, James discovers that long-time bank employee Arthur H. Tillworth has been embezzling! Tillworth offers to do anything to keep James from a filing his report. So, James decides that Tillworth can provide him with an alibi…while he gets rid of Ethel once and for all.
Will he get away with it?
"The One Who Got Away" was written by James Keene and produced/directed by William Spier. Hume Cronyn starred. Also appearing were Cathy Lewis, Hans Conried, and Joseph Kearns. This episode aired on November 14, 1946.
In "The Earth is Made of Glass," Joseph Cotten stars as man who commits murder to find out if Ralph Waldo Emerson’s reflections on universal compensation are true.
Joseph Cotten As the episode opens, Nurse Adams and Dr. West are discussing Mr. Richard Steel, a patient who has just died. She asks him what should be done with Mr. Steel’s personal items. The doctor looks through Mr. Steel’s possessions and comes across a diary and begins to read….
From Mr. Steel’s diary, we learn that he and a friend had a intellectual dispute over the truth of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1841 essay Compensation. They argued over the theory that whatever a man does comes back to him—measure for measure. If one commits a crime, then that person will be punished in one way or another.
Mr. Steel wanted to test that theory by committing a murder in such a way that the law of universal compensation would be proved nonexistant. So, he committed a murder.
Now, he is dead.
Was Emerson right?
"The Earth is Made of Glass" was written by Silvia Richards and produced/directed by William Spier. Joseph Cotten starred. Also appearing were Joseph Kearns, Gale Gordon, Cathy Lewis, and William Johnstone. This episode aired on September 27, 1945.
Doctor Who (Matt Smith) and Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) join the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for music by Murray Gold from the drama series plus favourites with a celestial theme.
(This is the complete concert, including the interval documentary)
More info at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who_Prom,_2010
"The Invader" is a simple science fiction tale from 1953, but it still holds up as one of Escape’s best episodes. It shares some strong similarities to The Twilight Zone’s 1961 episode "The Invaders" and to an X Minus One episode from 1956 called "Pictures Don’t Lie" but neither has the wit of Escape’s story.
"The Invader" begins with an atomic bomb test in the Nevada desert. The explosion is observed by a space ship on its way to visit the Earth carrying the advance guard of a more evolved race.
"The Invader" was directed by Antony Ellis and written by Michael Gray. It starred Howard McNear as Albert Tanner, Fay Baker as Martha, and Edgar Barrier as the Commander. Also appearing were Paul Frees, Peter Leeds, Bill Bissell and LeRoy Leonard.
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