Classic Science Fiction Theater: Playhouse 90’s Presentation of Forbidden Area

Play House 90’s very first episode, written by Rod Serling, based on a Pat Frank novel and starring Charlton Heston, Diana Lynn, Tab Hunter and Vincent Price

Update: The link to this episode on Youtube has been broken. Playhouse 90’s presentation of Forbidden Area can be watched on the Internet Archive. There are several offerings under that name and they all appear to be the full episode. Here is a link to one of them.

The very first episode of Playhouse 90, which was intended to be a showcase of what television could do with drama, was based on Pat Frank’s novel of the same name, based on a script written by Rod Serling and starring none-other than Vincent Price (lots of genre), Charlton Heston, (lots of high profile genre) Diana Lynn (interestingly, a lead in Bedtime for Bonzo) and Tab Hunter (Battler Cry, Damn Yankees).

Pat Frank also wrote the famous post apocalyptic tale Alas, Babylon and Mr. Adam, all three dealing to one degree or another with the effects and consequences of nuclear war.

This episode of Playhouse 90 is filled with 1950s Cold War iconography, much of which contributes visual metaphor to the show, which was, unusually for anthology shows of the day, 90 minutes long rather than 60 minutes (and hence its title, Playhouse 90).

One other interesting note:  Someone on the production staff of Schwarzenegger & Curtis’ True Lies knew their television history and replicated Heston’s character for that film:


Of course, they did flip the eye patch from one side to the other, so a failure to recognize this connection is understandable.

 

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9 Comments

  1. Steve – I’m sorry that I even mentioned the websites that you are not in the business of tracking. I know that you only track the Internet Archive website, where I have accessed most videos, but I cannot access the Playhouse 90 presentation of Forbidden Area on that website because of the error message I get for some reason. I thank you for being the only one who responded to my comment and questions about the video. May God richly bless you and keep you safe.

  2. Steve – The link to the Internet Archive Playhouse 90’s episode of Forbidden Area has a message saying “This video cannot be played.” and an error code in it. Could you please provide another link to the episode for me? Yours truly, Margaret Garnto.

      1. Steve – I tested the link again too, and I still get the “video cannot be played” message and the error code on it. Since I use a Samsung Galaxy Tab A Android tablet, it doesn’t work for me like it worked for you, so there should be other links to the Playhouse 90 presentation of Forbidden Area for me to try.

          1. I see that there are other links at archive.com. I was thinking about other streaming apps such as Dailymotion and. Vimeo, and I was wondering if they had copies of the Playhouse 90 presentation of Forbidden Area too. I don’t know if you know anything about those apps or websites either, or if you watch what’s on those apps, but I thought you might know about them too.

          2. Margaret,

            we publish the website, the magazine and books. We’re not in the business of tracking what websites are hosting what content.

  3. Who was the uploader for this video, and why did YouTube delete all the copies of this excellent episode of Playhouse 90,which featured Charlton Heston, Tab Hunter, Diana Lynn, and Vincent Price as four of its co-stars? Please respond to my questions here. Yours truly, Margaret Garnto.

    1. Margaret –

      The link to this episode on Youtube has been broken. Playhouse 90’s presentation of Forbidden Area can be watched on the Internet Archive. There are several offerings under that name and they all appear to be the full episode. Here is a link to one of them.

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