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 the electric razor is coming down the stairs, a string can be seen pulling it. See more »


Edith: Mr. Finchley, in this conspiracy you speak of, this mortal combat between you and the appliances, I hope you lose.
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26 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Richard Haydn plays Bartlett Finchley, an acid-tongued but unhappy man who lives alone in his mansion, and constantly complains about evil machines that not only won't work for him, but are conspiring to kill him. Barney Philips is most amusing as his long-suffering TV repairman who has grown tired of constantly repairing perfectly good televisions that Finchley has kicked in. Turns out the machines are out to get him after all... Heavy-handed yet still entertaining episode has a singularly unpleasant lead character that it is difficult to build any sympathy for, but of course it's possible he doesn't warrant any; in any case, it is a memorable effort.

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