The Infernal Machine (1947)

UK, 19 October
broadcast live, black and white, 4:3
mono, English

A British fantasy television play.

Plot Summary

The story of Oedipus who was fated by the gods to murder his father and marry his mother.


Producer: Royston Morley
Based on the Play by: Jean Cocteau
Translated by: Carl Wildman
Adapted by: Royston Morley
Settings: Barry Learoyd

Elwyn Brook-Jones (the voice)
Anna Korda (the priestess of the oracle at Delphi)
Paul Hansard (young soldier)
Russell Waters (soldier)
John Stevens (officer)
Marie Ney (Jocasta, Queen of Thebes, widow of Laius)
Ernest Milton (Tiresias, a high priest)
Arthur Wontner (Ghost of Laius, the dead king)
Rosalie Crutchley (The Sphinx)
Willoughby Gray (Anubis, Egyptian god of the dead)
Sydney Tafler (Oedipus, son of Laius and Jocasta)
George Bishop (Creon, brother of Jocasta)
Arthur Lawrence (messenger from Corinth)
Frederick Ross (a shepherd)
Adrienne Riccoboni (Antigone, daughter of Oedipus)