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'Way Out (1961)
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A mischievous boy who allows pets to escape, then earns a reward for returning the animals, meets Mr. Rana, a strange new neighbor with an affinity for frogs - so much so that the man has ... See full summary »


Paul Bogart


Philip H. Reisman Jr. (as Phil Reisman Jr.)




Episode cast overview:
John McGiver ... Mr. Rana
Madeleine Sherwood ... Cora Tench
Rex Everhart ... Fred Tench
Paul E. Richards Paul E. Richards ... Police Sgt. McGoogin
Richard Thomas ... Jeremy Keeler
Roald Dahl ... Host


A mischievous boy who allows pets to escape, then earns a reward for returning the animals, meets Mr. Rana, a strange new neighbor with an affinity for frogs - so much so that the man has created a frog pond in his own bedroom. Soon the neighbors are disappearing, frogs are appearing and the youngster is catching flies for Mr. Rana's large amphibians. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi





Release Date:

12 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Announcer: And now, your host, Roald Dahl.
Host: How are you? And how is your love life, you ladies? Because whatever happens, you should always try to realize that men are not nearly so preoccupied with the opposite sex as most women would like to think. Above all, you see, man is a colossal egotist, far more enamored with his own self than he is with females. And that, quite obviously, is why women are always having to doll themselves up attractively to attract his attention. To me the behavior ...
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Rather silly and yet rather funny.
1 September 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Back in the day, CBS tried out this short-lived series as a lead-in for "The Twilight Zone". Well, either the public didn't like it or the network execs didn't--all I know is that it lasted only 14 episodes but fortunately several of them are available from site linked to MANY shows and movies on IMDb. And, after having watched several of them, I think it's a shame the show died such an early death. Perhaps it was just too weird for 1961...and I assure you, the show was VERY weird. Like most of the episodes, it's introduced by Roald Dahl and it's done in a very strange manner--one you just have to see to believe.

This show is MEGA-weird but not as creepy as the others I've seen--more the typical sort of stuff Dahl wrote for kids--with dogs who disappear (and may be dead), very bad things happening to people and the like. It begins with a really amoral little kid walking into the home of a very nasty man (John McGiver). If you look closely, you may notice the kid is Richard Thomas--who grew up to be John-Boy on "The Waltons". As for the nasty man, he's a weirdo who plans on turning people into frogs--and the kid is pretty comfortable about this provided he get money out of the deal. How all this comes to a strange an ironic twist at the end is something you'll just have to see for yourself.

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