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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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After adjusting for inflation, the four dollars would be equivalent to $32.00 in 2014. See more »

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When George meets with Jackie at 2:30 a.m., you can see that Jackie's watch says 5:00. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] This is Mr. Jackie Rhoades, age thirty-four, and where some men leave a mark of their lives as a record of their fragmentary existence on Earth, this man leaves a blot, a dirty, discolored blemish to document a cheap and undistinguished sojourn amongst his betters. What you're about to watch in this room is a strange and mortal combat between a man and himself, for in just a moment, Mr. Jackie Rhoades, whose life has been given over to fighting adversaries, will find his most...
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A man finally coming to age at a late junction in his life
6 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is not so much of a review as it is an observation. Has anyone notice the line, "Are you talking to me?" "Are you talking to me?" which is utilized in this story by a man speaking into a mirror is almost the same line which Robert De Niro utilizes (and has become a catch-phrase) years later in the movie "Taxi." This is awfully coincidental.

Regardless of the aforementioned catch-phrase, the acting is superb and the innovation of the production filming is unique for the time. Notice how employment of split-screens is not used for the production. Richard Haydn pulls off the duo road superbly. And of course, this is a Rod Serling script.


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