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The Twonky (1953)

| Comedy, Sci-Fi
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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Shot in 1951, not released until 1953. See more »

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Coach Trout: A twonky is something that you don't know what it is.
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Stranger Than Strange
10 April 2001 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

The Twonky is stranger than strange. A comedy-science fiction movie written by novelist Henry Kuttner and directed by one-time radio tyro Arch Oboler, it features Hans Conried as a college professor whose life is turned upside down by a television set that has developed a personality of its own, and seems determined to take over Conried's as well. Part of the fun is watching the star grapple (this may not be quite the right word) with his material in what may well be his only starring film role. I loved Hans Conried when I was growing up. He was a one of a kind performer who never got really well cast in movies or on television, though he had a successful stage and radio career. Conried was at once child-like and supercilious, and he had a vaguely European demeanor and sensibility, though he was in fact American-born. There was a refined, aristocratic quality to him, and he had impeccable timing. He was hammy and ironic at the same time, and he had a way of letting you knew that he knew that you got it. As an actor he was like a cross between Vincent Price and Joseph Schildkraut. Style was everything with him. What the hell he was doing in this bizarre-sub B movie is anyone's guess. He is well-cast in this film, but the movie is like a Saturday Night Live send-up of Ed Wood. As such it is enjoyable. Seldom has so much talent screwed up so regally as in The Twonky. I'm surprised it's not a cult classic.


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