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UEN-TV Sci-Fi Friday

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.

  • Jack & The Beanstalk (1952)
    Friday, December 3
    9:01 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Abbott & Costello's version of the famous fairy tale, about a young boy who trades the family cow for magic beans.
  • Gulliver's Travels (1939)
    Friday, December 10
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    A doctor washes ashore on an island inhabited by little people.
  • Santa Claus Conquers The Martains (1964)
    Friday, December 17
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The Martians kidnap Santa Claus because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents.
  • A Christmas Carol (1951)
    Friday, December 24
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Ebenezer Scrooge, a curmudgeonly, miserly businessman, has no time for sentimentality and largely views Christmas as a waste of time. However, this Christmas Eve he will be visited by three spirits who will show him the errors of his ways. Stars: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison.
  • Life with Father (1947)
    Friday, December 31
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    A financier from New York rules his numerous family, consisting of his wife and his four sons, with the meticulousness of a bookkeeper.
  • Scared to Death (1947)
    Friday, January 7
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    This film is a camp comedy/horror gem, most enjoyable to watch, not only because it is a rare opportunity to see the great Bela Lugosi in color, but it has some pretty sharp dialogue with great one-liners delivered by Bela sparring with Douglas Fowley, as Terry Lee and horror icon George Zucco. Lugosi and Zucco are cousins, with Bela as Leonide, a bit of a shyster, who, as reporter Lee points out, had an act as a stage magician and was accused of making the box office receipts disappear after one of his performances. The film has an interesting plot device, which tells the story, in flashback, of a murdered woman lying on a slab in the morgue. The film moves at a good clip, interspersed with our discovering how she came to be murdered. In a hilarious exchange, after Bela is introduced to Terry Lee, the energetic and rapid fire reporter, Bela abruptly states, "Oh, the press. See you later!" Also, Nat Pendleton's performance, as the moronic police detective, Billy "Bull" Raymond, has to go down as one of the daffiest portrayals of a gumshoe ever!
  • Revolt of the Zombies (1936)
    Friday, January 14
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    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.
  • The Ape (1940)
    Friday, January 21
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    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.

 

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  • First Spaceship On Venus (1962)
    Friday, November 26
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    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).
  • Unknown World (1951)
    Friday, November 19
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    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.
  • Frozen Alive (1964)
    Friday, November 12
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    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.
  • The Robot Vs. The Aztec Mummy (1957)
    Friday, November 5
    9:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    This wacky Mexican mummy film is a 'cult classic' for Mexican horror fans. This version is tailor made for the American market by horror master K. Gordon Murray, who starts off his English narrated version with ominous images of Aztec ruins with the observation, 'This picture is a combination of factual data mixed with fiction...' Armed with a justification for the preposterous story that follows, the film proceeds to weave a less than horrific tale of a criminal named Dr. Krupp, alias The Bat , who hypnotizes the wife of his colleague, Dr. Armanda, so she will lead him to the mummy guarding an Aztec breastplate which will lead him to the treasure. While pretending to be against Armanda's theories, he uses Armanda's wife to find Popoca. The plot gets even wackier, with The Bat creating a Frankenstein type Robot which he brings to life to do battle with Popoca to retrieve the Aztec breastplate. The mad Dr. Krupp plans to build an army of Robots to take over the world and needs the Aztec treasure to finance his scheme. Never mind that the special effects are pathetic (the Robot has lightbulb ears and the Mummy crumples him like the cheap tin foil he is), this is a camp classic and quite enjoyable at that!