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The Unexpected 

Herbert Marshall hosted this anthology series of fast paced thirty minute dramas. It was also known as Times Square Playhouse.
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Herbert Marshall ...  Himself - Host 37 episodes, 1952
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Herbert Marshall hosted this anthology series of fast paced thirty minute dramas. It was also known as Times Square Playhouse.

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USA

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English

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5 March 1952 (USA) See more »

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Times Square Playhouse See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Herbert Marshall did not appear in this series as originally presented; he was the "Host" when it was later syndicated as "Times Square Playhouse." See more »

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For the Time A Good Thriller Theater
6 March 2011 | by sataft-2See all my reviews

It is very difficult to describe the true effect of this particular television program. It is far better to understand that one had to be curled up on a sofa, legs tucked under you, with a bag of potato chips or popcorn and a soft drink nearby.

One has to also envisage that the room lights were incandescent, and the heavy baroque furniture and lamp shades (very few had ceiling lights back then) cast shadows over the room.

The show opens with the faces of terribly frightening people looking out at you from a black & white television screen, with an image nowhere as clear as the one we have become used to today.

Now the announcer's voice intones the opening of the show: "What are these people waiting for? They are all waiting for....the... Unexpected!"

No, the 30 minute mini dramas on average never lived up in intensity to the famous opening, but from time to time they came across with one or two that stuck with you..right into your bedtime dreams. Like someone being buried alive, or a vindictive spouse coming back from the grave, or someone on the edge of going to the electric chair for a crime they did not commit.

The show was presented in a 30 minute time frame (with the occasional commercial) and it had to be done reasonably well. No, they weren't as yet up to the quality of the as yet to come - Alfred Hitchcock Presents, but for the time and audience, for the most part, they were entertaining.

Still,…. all in all, considering the crap offered to us on cable or satellite television today ... it was not bad!


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