The premiere of this fantasy/science fiction anthology series hosted by Roald Dahl. Dahl begins by admonishing children, young lovers, and "people with stomach disorders" not to watch the program. In the ensuing drama, a doctor informs meek Mary Pearl that her husband William's condition is inoperable. William Pearl, a sour, fatalistic philosophy professor, orders his wife to live a life of abstemious frugality after his death. Dr. Martin Landy arrives with an intriguing proposition: he will preserve Pearl's brain and keep it alive on a special machine, allowing the disembodied brain to interact with the world via one lone eyeball submerged in a basin of liquid. Pearl agrees, relishing the opportunity to annoy his wife in perpetuity. After the operation, Mrs. Pearl, who has defied all her husband's dictates and has taken to smoking and dancing to cha-cha records, returns to the hospital to visit the eyeball. She demands to be allowed to take her "husband" back home with her, hoping to show him the kind of care and attention he deserves. Includes a commercial and a promo.


  • DATE: March 31, 1961 Friday 9:30 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:28:23
  • COLOR/B&W: B&W
  • CATALOG ID: T85:0102
  • GENRE: Drama, fantasy/science fiction
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Drama, fantasy/science fiction
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - TV series, 1961
  • COMMERCIALS: TV - Commercials - L&M cigarettes^TV - Promos - "Checkmate"


  • David Susskind … Executive Producer
  • Jacqueline Babbin … Producer
  • Marc Daniels … Director
  • Roald Dahl … Writer, Based on the play by, Host
  • Robert Cobert … Music by
  • Henry Jones … Cast, William Pearl
  • Fritz Weaver … Cast, Dr. Martin Landy
  • Mildred Dunnock … Cast, Mary Pearl
  • Barnard Hughes … Cast, Dr. Forster
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