Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 10

A Most Unusual Camera (16 Dec. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" A Most Unusual Camera (original title)

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When three dum-dum crooks get ahold of a camera that takes pictures of the future, they set out to make a quick fortune with their new toy.

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Married couple Chester and Paula have broken into and robbed a curio shop, hoping to sell the loot for a handsome sum of money. Unfortunately, all of it turns out to be junk or fakes. All, that is, save for a mysterious camera. When they try taking a picture, it turns out to be from five minutes into the future. Soon Paula's brother Woodward joins them and the three decide to use the camera at a horse track to win big. Written by J. Rieper

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The horse pays 47.60 per $2 bet. He has around $200 to bet. When the horse wins, he says, "Ninety-five hundred bucks." It's actually $4760. See more »

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Narrator: [Closing Narration] Object known as a camera, vintage uncertain, origin unknown. But for the greedy, the avaricious, the fleet of foot, who can run a four-minute mile so long as they're chasing a fast buck, it makes believe that it's an ally, but it isn't at all. It's a beckoning come-on for a quick walk around the block - in The Twilight Zone.
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'What has humanity ever done for us?'
3 December 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Very light but enjoyable entry about Paula and Chester (Jean Carson and Fred Clark) as small time crooks and big time losers. They have stolen a lot of stuff, mostly worthless, but a strange camera turns out to be a fantastical novelty. Paula's brother Woodward (Adam Williams, Sailor from 'The Hitch-Hiker', series one) gets involved and the unholy three think they're onto a good thing.

The self interested silliness of the three main characters makes this a nice one to sandwich between more serious Zones in a marathon or whatnot. Shallow characters who couldn't outwit a gnat let alone keep control of an TZ object with a special power. The voice, smile ,and posturing of Jean Carson are just right for the vain Paula. The ending is often criticized, but the time flies by with this one and it will have to do.


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