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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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Credited cast:
Kerry West
Janet Warren ...
Carolyn West
William H. Lynn ...
Coach Trout (as Billy Lynn)
Edwin Max ...
Ed, TV Repairman (as Ed Max)
Gloria Blondell ...
Lady Bill Collector
Evelyn Beresford ...
Old Lady Motorist
Norman Field ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alice Backes ...
Offended Phone Operator #1
Trilby Conried ...
Joe Hawthorne ...
Man pushing grapefruit in wife's face
Al Jarvis ...
Bob Jellison ...
TV Shop Owner
Lenore Kingston ...
Offended Phone Operator #2
Connie Marshall ...
Susie - Girl with football team
Gayle Pace


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 <>

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


Comedy | Sci-Fi





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Shot in 1951, not released until 1953. See more »


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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A funny movie
10 February 2001 | by (Downers Grove,Il) – See all my reviews

The Twonky is a very funny movie about a college professor who has to deal with a television set from the future.It also works as social satire. Imagine if you will an episode of The Twilight Zone a la Roger Corman. Do not miss an opportunity to see this movie.

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