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Appearing in "The Murder That Wasn't"

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Synopsis for "The Murder That Wasn't"

Joe gets a film from a curio shop and watches it with his friend Frank who's a police officer. Bizarrely the film turns out to be a movie of Joe stabbing a man to death that he's never met. Frank arrests Joe and doesn't believe his protestations of innocence. Joe is put on trial but his lawyer is able to get him released because no corpse of the murder victim can be located. Once Joe is outside he's accosted by the man in the film. The man doesn't want to be victimized at any point in the future by Joe so he figures killing Joe will save him. The two struggle over the knife and Joe ends up stabbing his attacker to death. When Joe believed he was innocent he fought hard to protest the accusations, but now he is confused by this turn of events and turns himself in to the police.

Appearing in "The Thing in Space!"

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Synopsis for "The Thing in Space!"

A Sputnik-like object found by astronomers in space causes an international row as nations accuse one another of having launched a space-bound weapon as a prelude to war. Ultimately, astronauts collect the object which is analyzed and discovered to be of alien origin. The device had been emitting a regular signal until it was brought o Earth, the conclusion being that it was a device meant by alien beings to discover when humans had achieved space travel, thus making Earth a potential threat to alien planets; the scientists thus predict that an invasion may be imminent.

Appearing in "The Man Who Couldn't Come Back!"

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Synopsis for "The Man Who Couldn't Come Back!"

An insurance salesman, frustrated with California and suffering a heart condition, does one last job and visits a scientist/inventor. An apparent crackpot, he claims to have created a time machine -- which looks suspiciously like a helicopter -- which he wishes to take a policy upon. A demonstration in the machine sets off a potential heart attack, and the salesman causes the vehicle to crash when he insists they land. Climbing from the wreckage, the surviving salesman finds that the time machine apparently worked, as he is now stuck in Earth's prehistoric past, and thus suffers a fatal heart attack upon hearing a dinosaur and seeing a pack of cavemen. However, they had actually crashed on the set of a movie being filmed in the hills of Hollywood -- the dinosaur's roar was a recorded special effect and the cavemen are all extras in costumes and makeup. Upon finding the salesman's body, the director cavalierly tells the crew to remove the body so they can continue filming, remarking that their insurance policy will handle everything.

Appearing in "Why?"

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Synopsis for "Why?"

A down on his luck man suddenly finds himself the subject of a Cinderella-like change in his lifestyle, as he's greeted outside his flea-trap apartment building by a limousine. This is soon followed by a fresh set of clothes, a trip to an expensive restaurant where he is greeted by a beautiful woman, followed by a limo ride to an expensively decorated new apartment. After several days of this, he suddenly finds himself without an apartment, the rent payment having stopped, no more limos coming to take him anywhere, and no money with which to attract women. Returning to his old hotel room, he finds he cannot return to his former life, and resorts to mugging a man -- accidentally killing him in the process -- who had been standing outside on the sidewalk. Stealing the dead man's wallet, he also lifts a notebook which he reads back in his room. In it, he finds that it's a journal describing the recent ups and downs of his life, learning that he'd been the subject of a heartless social experiment between two rich men -- one of them his victim -- to drive a man to crime by secretly cultivating in him a rich lifestyle he cannot regularly afford. The man is crushed by this revelation, and ignores the sudden arrival of police investigating the rich man's murder.

Appearing in "Ivan the Terrible!"

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Synopsis for "Ivan the Terrible!"

In a Soviet bloc state, the hunt for an escaped dissident ends with the discovery of his corpse, his death the result of suicide. Refusing to return without someone to publicly try and execute, a local police chief, Ivan, is charged with falsifying evidence so it was a murder, and to bring in a suspect with a signed confession. Ivan latches onto an out of work clerk, whom he assumes would not be able to stand up to a third degree. However, the clerk is adamant that he not lie, even after hours of questioning, followed by sleep deprivation and denial of food. Angered that the clerk might get the better of him, Ivan decides to resort to beating a confession out of him while his men wait outside the interrogation room. After awhile, the clerk begins crying that he'll confess to committing murder, but neither he nor Ivan leave the room. Investigating, Ivan's men find that the clerk had beaten Ivan to death with the leg of a broken chair, the man having ultimately signed the confession but, still refusing to lie, had thus actually killed Ivan to make his confession a reality.

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