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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:
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 ...
Stephen Roberts ...
Head Treasury Agent
Connie Marshall ...
Susie - Girl with football team
William Phipps ...
Bennie Washington ...
Lenore Kingston ...
Offended Phone Operator #2
Alice Backes ...
Offended Phone Operator #1
Charles Phillips


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A Radio Guy Writes a MOVIE about a Possessed TV
15 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hans Conreid is one of my favorite character actors of all time, and here he is put to the test as a man whose wife has bought him a television to entertain him while she is away So many people don't get the point of this movie, and it really is quite simple considering the history of the time. This is in the infancy of television and the motion picture industry was suffering at the time because people found it was cheaper to stay at home for their entertainment. So what does the industry do? They hire Arch Oboler of radio fame to write a screenplay about an almost despotic TV set. It's pretty basic, and makes for a surreal and entertaining time. Think of "The Twilight Zone" with a sense of humor and you get "The Twonky Zone" basically. Just sit back and enjoy, and if smoke 'em if you got 'em. The Twonky will light it for you.

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