A wiseacre genie appears from a lamp to a meek man, George P. Hanley. Hanley is so used to bad luck, he imagines how each of three possible wishes could go very wrong - but the genie will ... See full summary »



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A wiseacre genie appears from a lamp to a meek man, George P. Hanley. Hanley is so used to bad luck, he imagines how each of three possible wishes could go very wrong - but the genie will grant him only one wish! Written by David Stevens

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21 March 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The title is from the first line of the 1854 ballad "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" by Stephen Foster written about his wife, Jane. See more »


Narrator: [opening narration] Meet Mr. George P. Hanley, a man life treats without deference, honor, or success. Waiters serve his soup cold. Elevator operators close doors in his face. Mothers never bother to wait up for the daughters he dates. George is a creature of humble habits and tame dreams. He's an ordinary man, Mr. Hanley, but at this moment the accidental possessor of a very special gift, the kind of gift that measures men against their dreams, the kind of gift most of us might ask for first ...
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Very slight but amusing and well-acted.
29 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an episode of "The Twilight Zone" that won't have you telling your friends about it or that will particularly stand out in your mind. However, despite being very slight, it is very well-acted and entertaining.

The episode stars Howard Morris--a guy most often associated with the annoying character 'Ernest T. Bass' from "The Andy Griffith Show" or his work from "Your Show of Shows". None of this is at all like his work in "I Dream of Genie" and it's a nice change of pace for him. Morris' gentle acting and style really make this show worth seeing. He plays a very mousy man--one too gentle and timid to be taken very seriously. However, when he discovers a genie in a lamp, he's able to consider all the wonderful ways it might change his life. This occurs through some amusing (but overly long) vignettes. Oddly, the hip genie only offers him one wish--and so Morris spends most of the show pondering the possibilities. In the end, in a twist, he's able to make a life-changing choice you most likely WON'T anticipate! As for the genie, he was very amusingly played by Jack Albertson. I loved him in the show and it's too bad it only lasted a few minutes. I really wanted to see more of him. His routine was so unlike what you'd expect and I loved his hip-cat lingo. You just have to see what I mean.

The show is much more a comedy than usual for "The Twilight Zone" and the results are generally quite good. There is no element of fear or doom in this one--just waiting to see which choice nice-guy Morris will make and it's a reasonably good show.

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