Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 4

A Thing About Machines (28 Oct. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" A Thing About Machines (original title)

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Bartlett Finchley's paranoia about the machines around proves true.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Bartlett Finchley
Barbara Stuart ...
Barney Phillips ...
TV Repairman
Henry Beckman ...
Jay Overholts ...
Margarita Cordova ...
Girl on TV


Bartlett Finchley is an odd man, a writer who contributes to food magazines and the like. He lives alone and is always it seems in need of a repairman for one piece of household equipment or another. As time has gone by, he seems to be in a constant battle with machines - his typewriter, his television - which all have the same message for him: get out of the house. He has no intention of doing so however and the battle begins. Written by garykmcd

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28 October 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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When Finchley smashes the TV, the screen image stays visible for a short time after the screen is broken, revealing that the screen's image was superimposed. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] Yes, it could just be. It could just be that Mr. Bartlett Finchley succumbed from a heart attack and a set of delusions. It could just be that he was tormented by an imagination as sharp as his wit and as pointed as his dislikes. But as perceived by those attending, this is one explanation that has left the premises with the deceased. Look for it filed under 'M' for Machines - in The Twilight Zone.
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A Bad Episode Done on the Cheap
11 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the story of a bitter man who hates technology. Of course, the technology of his day is a razor, a toaster, a television. Well it's the story of the Good Little Toaster that has had enough. The typewriter writes threatening notes. We've all imagined if our appliances or our toys came to life and began to try to do us in. In this, the plot is OK, but the effects and the resolution are so bad, it's laughable. There is a great deal of ranting and threat. And why is this man so angry? Has he been chosen for his fate, or has he brought it upon himself? Anyway, given the fact that he doesn't listen to the threats and stays put, he eventually must confront the situation in which he finds himself. The acting is hammy and over the top. Watch this only for its quirky amusement value.

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