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The Man Who Was Never Born

Martin Landau portrays a time-traveller desperately attempting to stop the birth of an inventor whose bacterium turns humans into mutants.
Video Rating: four / five

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25 Responses to “The Man Who Was Never Born”

  1. iwanttocrashmybike says:


  2. billbadford says:

    SaulCarp, I’m sorry to say there are a few logical errors in this episode, but it’s still great with suspension of belief. The direction, acting, script, music … it’s all very cool.

  3. Gerald45 says:

    this is kinda boring

  4. MegaJamesmiller says:

    I wish they made movies like this also.

  5. SpockLover27 says:

    I love how the frog at the beginning is so fake! XD

  6. SpockLover27 says:

    I wish they would make shows like this again. Forget the silly affects, bring back some good acting and original ideas!!!

  7. josefugo12 says:

    hahahah….luv the end mission accomplished

  8. SaulCarp says:

    One of a handful of top episodes of this series. Makes perfect logical and poetic sense. No qualms at all about this great episode.

  9. rhsharp says:

    @terransage I read that the original ending had Noel in the spacecraft and it landed back on earth in the future, complete with a flying car. A man gets out of the car and asks her if she’s okay. She says she is fine, but lonely. The episode was running too long, so producer Joseph Stefano opted for the ending with Noel floating off into space. I think it was a much better ending than what was originally planned.

  10. DoctorLawyerWhatever says:

    One problem with the plot; the woman’s fiance’ could eventually marry someone else, and their son would be Jr. Same future history. Landau’s character might not have been born for any number of reasons. Weak writing; not enough accounted for.

  11. EucharistOfHypnos says:

    @fotovideophile That’s because most of today’s moviegoers are fucking stupid

  12. wdd3141 says:

    This story was the first time I ever saw Martin Landau. I was confused — his uncommon features reminded me of Fred MacMurray. An odd coincidence that Bertram Cabot was played by John Considine, whose younger brother Tim played the eldest son on MacMurray’s “My Three Sons.”

  13. wdd3141 says:

    You have to suspend disbelief when you see the spaceship — a two-passenger reuseable craft launched in early 1963!!! In real life the state of the art was Project Mercury, which was a one-man capsule launched atop a rocket. The lunar excursion module of Project Apollo was still on the drawing board.

  14. wdd3141 says:

    I was 10 years old when this series was on TV originally. I understood it to be science fiction / horror, but I missed the point. Later when I was able to see it through adult eyes I realized that it was science fiction with a moral. Later incarnations of the series didn’t have the same feel, but they too followed that principle: a story with a moral. Even if the stories were simple and the science inaccurate (dealing with unknowns uncovered in later years) we were filled with wonderment.

  15. ciyean says:

    @AlanSessler Yeah and that’s fine to have those preferences and opinions. But for others to make it out as if EVERY movie made these days is complete crap compared to episodes such as this is just a stupid unthoughtful statement made by pseudo intellectuals who love to repeat so that they sound “deep” and “insightful”. Obviously you aren’t one of those; rather just a lover of the classical film production style, and that’s great. I live in Hollywood; I have & respect many friends such as urself.

  16. AlanSessler says:

    @ciyean I tend to side with the old over the new, but you have a point. I think the issue is we’ve gotten further from the art of filmmaking/storytelling, and values also come into play: the ability to show without showing. In an anything goes world, art no longer has to be creative, it has to be “real,” little left to the imagination, which alienates many with stuff they don’t want to see or hear. Plus, very few are doing anthologies these days–obviously a fave of the older generation, me 2.

  17. Judex777 says:

    Apparently raving like a lunatic and attempting to murder people make women so wet they’re leave they’re fiancees for you.

  18. lcolby11 says:

    This stuff is way better and scarier than the crap they put out today

  19. ciyean says:

    You people need to get over your hangup with “Hollywood” movies as being all about special effects. It’s a nonfactual aristocratic snobbish statement made by people who have issues with majority opinion even if it’s an appropriate one. Yes, I very much liked this episode, but personally I felt it was very one dimensional and the directing was poor. Yes the writing was excellent, but great writing exists in many movies today as well. Why does it always have to be one or the other with you people?

  20. TheSkizz89 says:

    Strange how he goes forward in time, and is fine with it, for the most part.

  21. terransage says:

    That last image has haunted me since I was a kid in the ’60′s. Nothing seems more lonely and sad than that. That shot was pure genius.

  22. prints76 says:

    @fotovideophile AMEN 2 THAT!!!!

  23. 689321546 says:

    @mikeandmike22 ….sometimes channel 48 sc fi reruns the old outer limits and twight zone …….great shows .

  24. mikeandmike22 says:

    @689321546 there is its called blackboxtv on you tube

  25. argonne5 says:

    creepy ending. the woman is off flying in space by herself. freaky.

    but andrew was lucky. better to never be born than to be born in an evil world

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