I Dream of Jeannie (1965–1970)
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Bigger Than a Bread Box and Better Than a Genie 

Tony investigates a phony fortune teller who is almost proved real with Jeannie's help.


(as Claudio Guzman)


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Episode cast overview:
Madame Zolta
Joe Abdullah ...
Hakim (as Joseph Abdullah)
Lincoln Demyan ...
Uncle Jeff
Alice Dudley ...
Aunt Sue
Natalie Leeb ...
Mrs. Bates


Tony investigates a phony fortune teller who is almost proved real with Jeannie's help.

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy


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12 March 1966 (USA)  »

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Sidney Sheldon's second wife, Jorja Curtright, appears as a phony fortune teller and his 70 year old mother Natalie Leeb made her acting debut in Bigger then a Bread box. See more »


The show is premised on the story that before Tony found the bottle on the beach and released Jeannie, she had been imprisoned in her bottle for 2000 years. Yet she made statements in a few shows that belied this "fact." In this episode she refers to her friend "Nossie" (Nostradamus). Nostradamus wasn't born until 1506 (A.D.), about a millennium-and-a-half after Jeannie was imprisoned; he died in 1566, 399 years before she was released by Tony. (Had she been paroled for a time in the 16th Century?) See more »

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Sidney Sheldon's wife as a fortune teller
12 November 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Bigger Than a Bread Box and Better Than a Genie" offers up the perfect premise for this series, a fortune teller who is led to believe her phony tricks are real. Tony wonders why he hasn't seen his buddy Roger for two weeks, until learning that he plans to withdraw his entire savings for a fortune teller named Madame Zolta (Jorja Curtright, Mrs. Sidney Sheldon). Tony is convinced that she's nothing but a con artist, and plans to prove it by producing a nonexistent aunt and uncle. Dr. Bellows tags along and believes everything he sees! Space flight pioneer Chuck Yeager cameos as himself, while Sidney Sheldon's mother, Natalie Leeb, appears as a séance observer.

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