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UEN-TV Sci-Fi Friday

Next Airing: Fri, Nov 22nd, 2019 at 9:00 PM on UEN-TV

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UEN Sci-Fi Friday offers a weekly science fiction feature film from the heyday of Sci-Fi - the 1920's to 1970's. Join other Utah science fiction movie fans after the film for an accompanying podcast where Utah experts discuss topics from the movie. In addition to TV movies, our partners at the Utah Museum of Natural History offer in-person science movie nights every month. Science fiction film is a bridge to science in the 21st century - enjoy the movies and science together. We welcome your comments.


  • Things to Come (1936)

    One of the most important science fiction films of all time, Things to Come opens prior to World War II and takes the viewer on a hundred year time trip to 2036 A.D., when a man and woman are rocketed to the moon. This inspired saga predicts television, jet planes and evil dictators. Featuring fabulous sets, a rich musical score and sweeping visual grandeur. This is truly a spectacular film event! Visionary science fiction novelist, H.G. Wells, teams up with ace producer, Alexander Korda, and Academy Award®-winning director-designer, William Cameron Menzies, to produce this landmark motion picture epic, beautifully restored from the original 35mm studio masters.

    Next Airing: Fri, Nov 22nd, 2019 at 9:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 01:32:26
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  • The Gorilla (1939)

    When a wealthy man is threatened by a killer known as The Gorilla, he hires the Ritz Brothers to investigate. A real escaped gorilla shows up at the mansion just as the investigators arrive.

    Next Airing: Fri, Nov 29th, 2019 at 9:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 01:05:56
    Usage rights: Expires 7/31/2021
  • Life with Father (1947)

    A financier from New York rules his numerous family, consisting of his wife and his four sons, with the meticulousness of a bookkeeper.

    Next Airing: Fri, Dec 6th, 2019 at 9:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 01:52:53
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  • Gulliver's Travels (1939)

    A doctor washes ashore on an island inhabited by little people.

    Next Airing: Fri, Dec 13th, 2019 at 9:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 01:16:25
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  • Jack & The Beanstalk (1952)

    Abbott & Costello's version of the famous fairy tale, about a young boy who trades the family cow for magic beans.

    Next Airing: Fri, Dec 20th, 2019 at 9:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 01:14:27
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  • The Painted Hills (1951)

    An intrepid dog comes to the rescue when a boy's life is put at risk by the greed inflamed by a gold strike.

    Next Airing: Fri, Dec 27th, 2019 at 9:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 01:08:16
    Usage rights: Expires 11/30/2020
  • Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

    Part of the fun of this blood-sucking-monsters-in-the-swamp camp horror film is the trashy sex pot (Yvette Vickers) whose husband, Dave, catches her in the arms of another man. He forces them at gun point to run through the swamp and into the octopus like arms of a couple of giant leeches. The local sheriff doesn't believe his story about monsters in the swamp, but launches an investigation when two more locals disappear. The bottom line is that radiation from failed rocket launches at nearby Cape Canaveral have caused swamp leeches to mutate into giant monsters. They drag their victims from the swamp surface to an underwater cave where they can feed undisturbed on their blood. The solution, much to the dismay of the local wildlife enforcement officer in charge of protecting the environment, is to blow them to smithereens with a huge charge of dynamite.

    Length: 00:59:44
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  • Last Man On Earth (1964)

    This film is a doomsday scenario about the end of mankind, destroyed by a pestilence of unknown origin (the result of bio-terrorism?) with civilization reduced to marauding vampires and two factions vying for survival. Robert Morgan (Vincent Price) was a chemist but is now a lone survivior who spends his days making stakes to impale the vampire-like zombies who co-inhabit the Earth. Morgan is somehow immune to the disease. Morgan is ecstatic to discover a woman who appears to be another survivor, but he soon learns that she too is a potential vampire who is only able to retard the vampire germ with a vaccine she has acquired. Watching the night scenes where Morgan boards up his house to fend off the attacking zombie/vampires, it is apparent that George Romero may have gotten the idea to shoot the same scenes for his Night of the Living Dead, made four years later, from this film.

    Length: 01:26:52
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  • Night Tide (1961)

    A young sailor falls in love with a mysterious woman, performing as a mermaid at the local carnival. He soon comes to suspect the girl might be a real mermaid, who draws men to a watery death during the full moon.

    Length: 01:25:28
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  • The Devil Bat (1941)

    Dr. Carruthers (Bela Lugosi) is a well respected citizen of the town of Heathville and has made the town's premiere family, the Heaths, very wealthy from the formulas he has created for their cosmetics company. Unfortunately for him, he took a flat fee for his work rather than an investment in the firm, which would have made him very wealthy. A bitter resentment fuels his creative passions now, and a new strongly scented aftershave lotion he has created is his means for revenge. Unbeknownst to the family, he has created a large killer bat which hones in on the scent to kill whoever bears it. One by one, Dr. Carruthers kills the family members. He tricks them into 'testing'the new lotion on the tender part of their neck...Exactly where the bat's bite will be most deadly!

    Length: 01:08:21
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  • The Killer Shrews (1959)

    On an isolated island, a population control experiment goes awry and tiny shrews, grown to gigantic proportion, threaten the scientific team of Dr. Milo Craigis, his lovely daughter, Ann, and Skipper Thorne Sherman (James Best), who has just delivered supplies to the island and must wait out a hurricane. The monstrous shrews are hilarious, although only seen for the briefest of moments so as not to give the audience a chance to dwell on how seedy the 'shrew' costumes look. The menacing sound of gnashing teeth eating through walls keeps the audience in suspense and the ingenious garbage cans escape sequence is one of the greatest moments of bad filmdom.

    Length: 01:08:32
    Usage rights: Expires 4/30/2022
  • The Manster (1960)

    This is a suprisingly good monster movie, a Japanese/British/American amalgam of different horror genres, with the result being quite unique and entertaining. Among the variations are the Lon Chaney Jr. /werewolf-like transformation of foreign correspondent Larry Stanford (Peter Dyneley), who happens to arrive at the house of mad Japanese scientist, Dr. Suzuki, as he is looking for a new victim on whom to try out his evolution altering serum. There is also the "She Demon" wife of Dr. Suzuki. The real treat in this film is the transformation of Stanford into the bizzare two-headed monster (a horror film first), beginning when, after extreme discomfort, an eye appears growing out of his shoulder (another horror film first)! This alone makes for a wonderfully chilling course of campy events, as the two-headed Stanford is tracked as if he were in an American gangster film.

    Length: 01:12:56
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  • The Man Who Changed His Mind (1936)

    Dr. Laurience (Boris Karloff), a once-respectable scientist, begins to research the origins of the mind and soul in an isolated manor house, aided only by the promising surgeon Clare Wyatt (Anna Lee) and a wheelchair-using confederate named Clayton (Donald Calthrop). The scientific community rejects his theories and Laurience risks losing everything for which he has worked so obsessively. To save his research, Laurience begins to use his discoveries in brain transference for his own nefarious purposes, replacing the mind of philanthropist Lord Haslewood (Frank Cellier) with the personality of the crippled, caustic Clayton. With Lord Haslewood's wealth and prestige at his command, Laurience becomes an almost unstoppable mad scientist. Despite a powerful patron and a state-of-the-art laboratory, chain-smoking Laurience remains the typical absent-minded professor, with eraser dust on the back of his wrinkled jacket, and in constant, desperate need of a strong hairbrush. However, he is not immune to the feminine charms of the lovely Dr. Wyatt. He attempts to take control of the body of Lord Haslewood's handsome son Dick (John Loder) in an effort to seduce Clare, but finds it impossible to disguise his own strange physicality even in the body of another man. Nor can he go without a cigarette in front of Clare although he is aware that young Dick Haslewood never smoked. Unfortunately, before transferring his mind with that of Dick, Laurience strangled Clayton, who was inhabiting the body of Lord Haslewood, so that Dick, afterwards a prisoner in Laurience's own body, would be hanged for the murder of the man presumed to be his father. Realizing the truth, Clare and her friend Dr. Gratton (Cecil Parker) return Laurience's mind to its proper body, but that body has been badly broken in a panicked fall out of a high window, taken while Dick Haslewood was in unwilling possession. Admitting he has wasted an incredible invention on a selfish and murderous scheme, the shattered Laurience tells Clare he should never have meddled with the human soul. He takes his knowledge to the grave, having changed his mind for the last time. (Wikipedia)

    Length: 01:02:04
    Usage rights: Expires 1/14/2020