Murder and the Android

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Murder and the Android was a television movie based on Fondly Fahrenheit, a 1954 story by Alfred Bester. It was broadcast on November 8, 1959 as a NBC Sunday Showcase production. The film was produced by Robert Alan Aurthur, directed by Alex Segal, and starred Kevin McCarthy, Rip Torn, Vladimir Sokoloff, Suzanne Pleshette and Sono Osato.[1]

In 1960, science fiction author Frederik Pohl called this film, "almost the only first-rate television play on a science fiction theme".[2] It was nominated for the 1960 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.[3]

This story is based 400 years in the future, when a man inherits an android. This synthetic being was created in a laboratory as a submissive, obedient construct. Unfortunately the android malfunctions and attempts to dominate its master.[4][5]


  1. ^ Gianakos, Larry James (1978). Television drama series programming: a comprehensive chronicle, 1959-1975. Television drama series programming : a comprehensive chronicle. 2. Scarecrow Press. p. 233. ISBN 0-8108-1116-2. 
  2. ^ Pohl, Frederik (1960). Star of stars. Doubleday science fiction. p. 45. 
  3. ^ "1960 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  4. ^ "Sunday Showcase Episode Guide". The Classic TV Archive. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  5. ^ "Sunday Specials". St. Petersburg Times. November 8, 1959. p. 93. Retrieved 2010-05-26.