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Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room 

Small time criminal Jackie Rhoades must face both his past and his conscience while waiting for his next assignment.

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Jackie Rhoades is a 34 year-old small-time hood who lives in a cheap $4 a night hotel room. He's waiting to hear about his next job but when George shows up telling him that his next job is murder - of a bar owner who doesn't want to pay off his gangster bosses- Jackie begins to have a conversation with his alter ego who appears to him in a mirror. The alter-ego takes him to task for the choices he made in his life - choices that led to crime, prison and broken relationships. He also offers Jackie an alternative. Written by garykmcd

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14 October 1960 (USA)  »

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Jackie Rhoades says "George" 56 times. 20 of them are within the first two minutes of the episode. See more »

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The main character's reflection in a mirror has come to life and much of the episode is a confrontation between the character and his reflection - although they made an effort to reverse the image (the reflection wears his watch on the opposite hand and he bites his fingernails with the opposite hand) they forgot to reverse the buttons on his shirt. See more »

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Narrator: [Closing Narration] Exit Mr. John Rhoades, formerly a reflection in a mirror, a fragment of someone else's conscience, a wishful thinker made out of glass, but now made out of flesh and on his way to join the company of men. Mr. John Rhoades, with one foot through the door and one foot out - of The Twilight Zone.
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Featured in Atop the Fourth Wall: Twilight Zone #9 (2011) See more »

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26 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Joe Mantell plays nervous and insecure small-time crook Jackie Rhodes, who currently inhabits a cheap four dollar a night hotel room where he anxiously awaits news from his crooked boss George(played by William D. Gordon) who appears to tell him that he must commit the murder of a bar owner who wont pay protection money. Knowing that if he fails the next murder will be his own, Jackie starts to panic and begins to see in the mirror his stronger and more confident alter-ego John, who desperately tries to make Jackie listen to him, before it is too late... Interesting if thin episode has a pair of fine performances to elevate it sufficiently.


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