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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

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
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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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Released after William H. Lynne died. 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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Featured in Svengoolie: The Twonky (1995) See more »

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Not Citizen Kane, but a fun quirky little movie
5 November 2005 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

I guess you either love or hate "The Twonky". Considering the kinds of big studio made films that were coming out of Hollywood at the time this film was made, I find the Twonky rather refreshing. It's odd and quirky, and expresses many people's fears and concerns over the early days of television and what it might do to our culture. The film is not without it's faults, but I can overlook them, one reason being the film's star, Hans Conried, who brings something more to the cheap little film than another lesser performer might have. I have NOT read the original story, so I can't compare the two, but usually the original story is superior to any film adaption. However despite the films shortcomings, I find it a unique item from it's time. Mike Walters


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