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>
Not all that well done, but surreal and campy enough to entertain psychotronic fans
This is an odd film. Its not particularly well made, but for some reason I rather enjoyed its quirky charms. The ironic part for me at least is while its anti-television it looks and feels like an early television drama. The acting is overwrought, the characters and situations all feel like a bizarrio sitcom, and there's not much plot, certainly not enough for a feature film. Also, the print I was watching was so completely washed-out it resembled a vintage kinescope. The direction by Arch Obler was awkward like many early television directors who were making the transition from radio.
Reading the description above, you can tell this will hold a certain fascination for some viewers. In addition to being interesting, its rather entertaining if only on a camp level. The performances are over-the-top and the theme of the film dates it quite badly. I wouldn't be surprised if John Waters is a fan of this title, and certainly William Castle fans will find much to enjoy. Hans Conreid gives pretty much the same performance that he did in "5000 Fingers of Dr. T", but hes always fun to watch. "The Twonky" isn't a great film, but is surreal and campy enough to entertain psychotronic fans. (5/10)
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