Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
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The Enormous Radio 

A new radio lets a couple overhear their neighbors' private conversations.

Director:

Bill Travis

Writers:

John Cheever (story), Guy Gallo (teleplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Christine Estabrook ... Irene
John Rothman ... Jim
Kate O'Toole Kate O'Toole ... Clare
Peter Webster Peter Webster ... John
Frank Ammirati Frank Ammirati ... Max
Patrick Farrell Patrick Farrell ... Radio (voice)
Catherine Gaffigan Catherine Gaffigan ... Radio (voice)
Chet London Chet London ... Radio (voice)
Karen Shallo Karen Shallo ... Radio (voice)
Kit Le Fever ... Radio (voice)
Beth Broderick ... Radio (voice)
Paul Sparer Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

A new radio lets a couple overhear their neighbors' private conversations.

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Certificate:

TV-14
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1987 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The enormous radio is a Majestic Multisonic manufactured in West Germany by Grundig. See more »

Goofs

Although the setting appears to be in the 1930s or 40s, the featured radio was not manufactured until the mid 1950s to early 60s. See more »

Soundtracks

Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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A one-note idea and indifferent execution
22 June 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE ENORMOUS RADIO is a TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE episode which is as ridiculous as its title. The viewer is taken to a domestic world in the early 20th century, when a housewife's wireless begins to pick up the the thoughts and conversations between her pickering neighbours. Is this magical device a blessing or a curse?

Viewers will be easily able to guess the result, as this is the kind of fable that TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE liked to play out over and over again. The early 20th century setting isn't very realistic or believable; adding some old-fashioned props and wallpaper does not a historical production make. The acting is routine and as a whole the story was done much better in the PRIVATE CHANNELS episode of THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE where a kid's magic headphones allowed him to overhear a hijacker planning to take control of the plane he's flying in.


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