episode #128 - Uncle Simon

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episode #128 - Uncle Simon

Post  BoG on Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:41 pm

Air Date: 11/15/63  Arrow  written by Rod Serling  Arrow  Directed by Don Siegel

A TZ episode which featured Robby the Robot, perhaps the most famous robot in sf cinema. In the plot, Barbara (Constance Ford) is a bitter woman who has forced herself to play servant to her cranky uncle Simon (Cedric Hardwicke) for 25 years, waiting for the moment that he will die. She stands to inherit all his estate. As it happens, the moment arrives soon after the episode begins, but uncle Simon was an eccentric inventor who placed unusual stipulations in his will. His big invention, hidden in his basement lab, turns out to be... well, no real surprise that Barbara doesn't escape the torments of her deceased uncle entirely. It's all rather predictable and routine for a Zone episode, but has its darkly humorous moments. Hardwicke seems to enjoy playing the abusive old coot. Also with Ian Wolfe as the attorney. BoG's Score: 6 out of 10

Trivia From the Robot Zone: Robby first appeared in Forbidden Planet (1956) and was constructed at a then-humongous cost of $125,000; he was rented out quite a bit to get back some of this cost, including for two famous episodes of Lost in Space.
Star Trek TOS actor alert: Ian Wolfe appeared in a couple of TOS episodes - Bread and Circuses and All Our Yesterdays
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