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The Twonky (1953)

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Tweedy college professor discovers his new TV set is animate, apparently possessed by something from the future, and militantly intent on regulating his daily life.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kerry West
William H. Lynn ...
Coach Trout (as Billy Lynn)
Gloria Blondell ...
Lady Bill Collector
Edwin Max ...
Ed, TV Repairman (as Ed Max)
Janet Warren ...
Carolyn West
Evelyn Beresford ...
Old Lady Motorist
Bob Jellison ...
TV Shop Owner
Norman Field ...
Doctor
Stephen Roberts ...
Head Treasury Agent
Connie Marshall ...
Susie - Girl with football team
William Phipps ...
Student
Bennie Washington ...
Maybelle
Lenore Kingston ...
Offended Phone Operator #2
Alice Backes ...
Offended Phone Operator #1
Charles Phillips
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The last thing College Lit Professor Cary West wants, while is wife is out of town, is a TV set to keep him company; but that's just what wife Carolyn has bought for him. He is relieved when the serviceman returns to collect the $100 deposit Carolyn forgot to give him; good, he doesn't have the money so the man can take the TV back! Only, a $5 bill he accidently dropped on the floor near the TV has suddenly developed 19 siblings, and the serviceman leaves, cash in hand. West soon realizes he has a major problem: the TV is alive. It lights his pipe, washes his dishes, vacuums his rugs. It also chooses what he can read, write, and marches around to military music; and It also zaps anyone who tries to harm Cary in any way, such as treasury agents investigating the duplicate $5 bills, the police who investigate a call placed by the TV set to the phone company requesting a 'female companion' be sent over for Cary's comfort, and a female bill collector who decides to move in til Cary pays ... Written by Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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Out of Your Own Tomorrow... Out of Time and Space a Fearsome Power!

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The original story is credited to Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore (it was published under their joint pseudonym, "Lewis Padgett"), but, like many of the songs credited to "Lennon and McCartney", it may have been written in collaboration or by either of them alone. Often even they could not say later who had written how much of many of their stories. See more »

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Cary West: You're driving on the wrong side of the road!
Old Lady Motorist: Not in England I'm not!
Cary West: Oh nooooo!
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I agree with Lynne Cohen
8 June 2004 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

I agree, this movie scared me half to death when I saw it as a kid (probably around 8 or so).

I was surprised when I ran into it much later on IMDb, and it was billed as a comedy. Looking back through adult eyes, it was probably pretty funny, and I hope to see it again someday. But back then, the idea that a TV that looked just like our TV could be alive, was really scary, particularly since I was already having nightmares about the big speaker from my dad's hi-fi system chasing me around the room.

Maybe it will come out on DVD or VCD some day, and I can see it again.


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