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The Terrible Clockman 

Based on a story by Jules Verne, an evil alchemist moves to a small Swiss village and wishes to marry the local clockmaker's beautiful daughter. When his request is refused he casts a spell... See full summary »


Allen Reisner


Bernard C. Schoenfeld (adaptation) (as Bernard Schoenfeld), Jules Verne (novel)




Episode cast overview:
Shirley Temple ... Gerande
Eric Portman ... Van Der Graf
Sam Jaffe ... Zacharias
John Wengraf ... The King
Jacques Aubuchon ... The Burgomaster
David Frankham ... Aubert (as David Frankman)
Betty Garde ... The Flowerwoman
Garrett Lewis Garrett Lewis ... The Clockman
George Ives George Ives ... The Apothecary
Jon Peters ... The Ironmonger
Joe Higgins ... The Tavernkeeper
Arthur Malet ... The Cook
John Astin ... The Coachman
Henry McCann Henry McCann ... Van Der Graf's Servant
Ida Mae McKenzie Ida Mae McKenzie ... Burgomaster's Wife


Based on a story by Jules Verne, an evil alchemist moves to a small Swiss village and wishes to marry the local clockmaker's beautiful daughter. When his request is refused he casts a spell that alters time and turns a large man-shaped clock into a walking (and ticking) monster that terrorizes the village. Written by Jeff Ewing

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29 January 1961 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Slightly Scary-Children Can Handle This One
28 December 2007 | by aimless-46See all my reviews

"Shirley Temple's Storybook" was an anthology series that Shirley hosted for children on NBC in the early 1960's. Shirley also typically played a role in each of the stories in the series. As a young child I was a big fan of the series and for me "The Terrible Clockman" (1961) was the most anticipated of the entire collection. At the conclusion of each week's telecast there would be a trailer for next week's show and I couldn't wait for this one to be shown. It looked to be very scary and it was based on a Jules Verne story.

Unfortunately it proved a disappointment. Although the format of "Shirley's Storybook", three act plays with theatre style production design, worked fine for drama it was not a good fit for science fiction. Too much suspension of disbelief was required. The title character is a man size clock, actually a guy inside a gold colored suit of medieval armor with a clock face. It looks surreal enough to be scary but the action sequences are very poorly staged.

The basic story involves an alchemist (played by Eric Portman) in league with the devil who wants to marry the beautiful daughter (played by Shirley) of a clockmaker (played by Dr. Zorba from "Ben Casey"). He blackmails them with a spell that manipulates time and turns a giant clock into a walking monster.

Watch for John Astin ("The Addams Family") in a minor role as the Coachman; you will probably recognize his voice before you recognize his face.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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