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UEN-TV Sci-Fi Friday

Next Airing: Fri, Jun 5th, 2020 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.


  • Quicksand (1950)

    After taking 20 dollars from his employer to go on a date with plans to repay it the next day, an auto mechanic falls into increasingly disastrous circumstances for more and more money which rapidly spirals out of his control.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jun 5th, 2020 at 9:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 01:19:11
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  • Cause for Alarm (1951)

    An invalid husband wrongly believes his wife and doctor are conspiring to kill him and outlines that suspicion in a letter, which causes a serious concern when he ends up dying anyway.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jun 12th, 2020 at 9:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 01:11:28
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  • The Third Man (1949)

    Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jun 19th, 2020 at 9:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 01:44:21
    Usage rights: Expires 11/30/2020
  • Detour (1945)

    Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jun 26th, 2020 at 9:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 01:08:01
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  • The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)

    The ultimate talking head movie with the horrible monster in the closet! A brilliant but mad doctor departs from normal medical practice and saves the life of a patient his father had operated on but was unable to save. In a more extreme case, he keeps the head of his fiancee alive after it has been decapitated in a car crash while he tries to find an appropriate body to attach it to. The head becomes enraged at this scheme and enlists the help of a badly deformed monster from one of the doctor's previous experiments to exact revenge for their inhuman treatment.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jul 3rd, 2020 at 9:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 01:22:31
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  • Red Planet Mars (1952)

    An American astronomer obtains images of Mars suggesting large-scale environmental changes are occurring at a pace that can only be by wrought by intelligent beings with advanced technology. A colleague at the same time claims to have been contacting Mars by radio, first through an exchange of mathematical concepts and then through answers to specific questions, that convey Mars as a utopia. This knowledge leads to political and economic chaos, especially in the West. The American government imposes a news blackout after the first four messages, only to reveal many messages later that Earth's people can be saved if they return to the worship of God. Revolution sweeps the globe, including the Soviet Union. But there remains doubt about the messages being genuine, as an ex-Nazi who developed the original communication device prototype prepares to announce that he has been duping the Americans with false messages from a secret Soviet-funded radio transmitter high in the Andes mountains of South America. The mystery thickens as it appears the messages may have continued even after the secret transmitter was destroyed in an avalanche. (Wikipedia)

    Next Airing: Fri, Jul 10th, 2020 at 9:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 01:27:13
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  • Phantom Ship (1936)

    One of maritime's greatest unsolved mysteries is the basis for this Melvillian "Ghost Ship/Moby Dick" tale about the Mary Celeste, an American sailing ship, that was found adrift without a crew in 1872. The voyage is doomed from the start as the ill-advised captain, Benjamin Briggs, takes along his beautiful bride, Sarah. Worse still, after informing her fiance, Captain Morehead, that she is now in love with him, Briggs proceeds to hire one of Moorhead's mates, who has been secretly paid by the jilted captain to kill Briggs. Dooming the ship even further, Briggs hires Anton Lorenzen (Bela Lugosi in one of his most sympathetic roles), a half-crazed, vengeful, one-armed seaman who jumps at the chance to serve as coxswain aboard the ill-fated ship. During the fatal voyage, one by one, all aboard are murdered, leaving only Lorenzen and Bilson. Lorenzen gets his revenge when he tosses the cruel mate overboard to be eaten by the sharks.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jul 17th, 2020 at 9:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 01:02:25
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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.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jul 24th, 2020 at 9:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 01:08:32
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  • The Terror (1963)

    Jack Nicholson at the beginning and horror master Boris Karloff at the end of their respective careers, highlight this horror quickie from Roger Corman, who didn't miss a beat utilizing the same set from the just-completed The Raven get another horror gem into release. Karloff plays the Baron of a decaying castle estate who harbors a dark secret. Jack Nicholson is French Lieutenant Andre Duvalier, who falls in love with the apparition of the Baron's dead wife while seeking refuge in the castle. Sensing that something strange has happened, Andre discovers that the Baron is really an imposter named Eric who was in love with the real Baron's wife. An old woman, believed to be a witch, is responsible for the apparition and is trying to cause the Baron to commit suicide because she believes he killed her son, Eric. She is horrified when she discovers that the Baron is really her son, and is now the victim of her misplaced revenge.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jul 31st, 2020 at 9:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 01:19:03
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  • First Spaceship On Venus (1962)

    After discovering a communications device from Venus containing a message of the impending attack of Earth, an international crew of astronauts and scientists embark on the first manned expedition to the mystery-shrouded planet. Upon arrival, they discover the ruins of an advanced civilization that destroyed itself in its zealous quest to master atomic weaponry. Based on the best-selling novel, The Astronauts, by Poland’s most famous science fiction writer, Stanislaw Lem, First Spaceship on Venus has been called "the first influential post-war space opera from Eastern Europe," (Aurum Film Encyclopedia).

    Length: 01:18:34
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  • Frozen Alive (1964)

    A scientist experimenting with suspended animation decides to use himself as a test subject. Before he is frozen, his wife is killed, and he is suspected of her murder.

    Length: 01:03:57
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  • Killers from Space (1954)

    An atomic scientist claims he was abducted by aliens after being injured in a plane crash.

    Length: 01:10:58
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  • Last Woman On Earth (1960)

    One of the great lines in this Roger Corman end-of-the-human-race sci-fi disaster film is uttered by the title character, which sort of sums up the film, "I have so little to say, and no one who will listen." True to Corman"s reputation to bring in a film on a shoe string, this one was shot in Puerto Rico with a cast of only three and a premise so simple no one but Corman would have thought of it. While a business tycoon, his wife, and his lawyer are scuba diving, all the oxygen is mysteriously syphoned from the atmosphere, instantly killing everyone on Earth except our underwater party. No expensive special effects here, our characters just instantly become the last humans on Earth. While watching this boring premise unfold, it suddenly comes to life with the drama of the two men vying for the same woman. Corman regular Anthony Carbone is Harold, a bullying business tycoon and his new wife, Evelyn (Betsy Jones-Moreland), is a bimbo. When Evelyn falls for Martin (Robert Towne) because he is more sensitive, Harold bashes his head with a rock, revealing his true brutality. Martin staggers back to find Evelyn and dies, leaving the somewhat redeemend Evelyn in the same predicament we first found her, being stuck with a loutish bore for a man.

    Length: 01:04:15
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  • Revolt of the Zombies (1936)

    This was the follow-up film to White Zombie, the highly successful original zombie film produced by the Halperin brothers in 1932. They even used Bela Lugosi's menacing eyes from the earlier film, even though he doesn't appear in this one. During World War I Armand Lougue (Dean Jagger) is unable to convince his commanding officer, General Duval, to use a regiment of zombies from Cambodia to fight on the Franco Austrian front and is chastized by his buddy, Clifford Grayson, for not pursuing his objective with a strong enough will. When Armand marries the beautiful Claire Duval, General Duval's daughter, but loses her because she really loves Grayson, he uses his former friend's strategy to unlock the Cambodian high priest's secret of turning men into zombies to gain power for the sole purpose of winning back the woman he loves. Although he can control Grayson, he can't make Claire love him. To make her happy, he releases Grayson and the zombie army from his power. His weak will proves fatal as the newly freed zombies revolt and kill him.

    Length: 01:02:07
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  • The Ape (1940)

    Dr. Bernard Adrian (Boris Karloff) is a kindly mad scientist who seeks to cure a young woman's polio. He needs spinal fluid from a human to complete the formula for his experimental serum. Meanwhile, a vicious circus ape has broken out of its cage, and is terrorizing towns people.

    Length: 01:02:32
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  • The Indestructible Man (1956)

    This film is a most unusual hybrid of 40's horror film and 50's film noir. Lon Chaney, Jr. Plays a convicted killer nicknamed 'The Butcher' who is condemned to death. The Butcher vows to get revenge on a crooked lawyer, who set him up and is trying to find out where he hid $600,000 from a robbery, and two minor thugs who turned state's evidence against him. The lawyer, Paul Lowe, who was behind the robbery, laughs off the threat knowing Chaney is to die in a few hours. Although the lethal injection does its job, Chaney has the incredible good fortune to be brought back to life by a scientist who pays off the morgue to use Chaney's body for his experiments in curing cancer. Check out Joe Flynn from McHale's Navy as the lab assistant who gets strangled when Chaney is brought back to life! Chaney is invincible because the regeneration process causes his cells to multiply to such an extent that he is almost indestrucible. He has to be subdued with a bazooka and flame thrower, and even that doesn't kill him! He's finally done in when a huge crane he is riding on hits high tension wires and he is electrocuted.

    Length: 01:10:41
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  • Unknown World (1951)

    You have to appreciate the context in which this film was made, as 1950 was the height of the Cold War and nuclear annihilation was a distinct possibility in many people's minds. Dr. Jeremiah Morley is the head of the Society to Save Civilization and is a prophet of doom. He is determined to save civilization from 'weapons of mass destruction' and has invented the Cyclotram, a device which can bore down to the center of the Earth. Morley has arranged for a scientific expedition utilizing his invention to discover a safe haven far beneath the Earth's surface. After a number of harrowing experiences, the crew discovers an idyllic cavern 1,540 miles below the surface. Unfortunately, they also discover the sterile atmosphere is not conducive to reproduction, hence Morley's theory of saving civilization by propagating succeeding generations is proven incorrect. Stranded at the center of the Earth, the crew of the Cyclotram find a channel in the undersea ocean and are able to ascend to the surface of the Earth's ocean to the welcome sight of their 'doomed' world.

    Length: 01:14:00
    Usage rights: Expires 10/31/2022