Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 4

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

TV Episode  -   -  Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 619 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 1 critic

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


, (created by)
Watch Episode
0Check in

Watch Now

Free at IMDb

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 16 Oct 2012
a list of 15 titles
created 10 Feb 2013
a list of 2600 titles
created 12 Apr 2013
a list of 138 titles
created 17 Oct 2013
a list of 94 titles
created 9 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: A Thing About Machines (28 Oct 1960)

A Thing About Machines (28 Oct 1960) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Twilight Zone.
« Previous Episode | 40 of 156 Episodes | Next Episode »





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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Release Date:

28 October 1960 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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: [Opening Narration] This is Mr. Bartlett Finchley, age forty-eight, a practicing sophisticate who writes very special and very precious things for gourmet magzines and the like. He's a bachelor and a recluse with few friends, only devotees and adherents to the cause of tart sophistry. He has no interests save whatever current annoyances he can put his mind to. He has no purpose to his life except the formulation of day-to-day opportunities to vent his wrath on mechanical contrivances of an age ...
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

2 January 2010 | by (Mountain View, Ca) – See all my reviews

This truly not one of the better episodes, but what is of interest is that Bartlett Finchley is almost certainly modeled after the humorist and movie personality Robert Benchley.

Benchley, who died in 1945 or thereabouts, became topical in 1960 as the result of the publication of a collection of his best humor by his son Nathaniel Benchley. Benchley fought an unending war against the inanimate objects around him, which he chronicled in a number of delightful and very funny pieces. Serling, who was hard up for ideas by that point, must have been as impressed as I was.

Or so I do believe. In any case, I have always thought the similarity between the characters name 'Finchley' and 'Benchley' is no coincidence.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How would Christie Streator and her doll fare against Anthony Fremont? m_e_fulton
Twilight Zone available on VHS crockett_john
Time for another reboot? crockett_john
Locations a hundred yards over the rim mcba_2
'You Drive' - a different take on this episode. crockett_john
Favorite TZ References nicolbatchellor
Discuss A Thing About Machines (1960) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: