William Feathersmith is a hard-nosed - and hard-hearted - businessman who is now quite wealthy but bored. It's clear that what he enjoys is the chase and the acquisition of wealth. He also likes breaking men in the process. While leaving the office one day, he finds himself on the wrong floor and in the office of Devlin Travel, run by the devilishly attractive Ms. Devlin. In return for his amassed fortune, she offers to send him back in time to his hometown of Cliffordville in 1910 where he can start over and get the pleasure of building his empire all over again. He accepts and once back to the days of his youth begins wheeling and dealing. Nothing quite goes as planned however. Written by
Mr. Feathersmiths offices are on the 13th floor. This is unusual in the US most buildings before the 1980's skip the 13th floor when numbering floors in their buildings. The number 13 has long been considered unlucky. This does, however, fit right in, in "The Twilight Zone". See more »
The elderly Mr. Feathersmith's bald head is an obvious wig/cap. See more »
[Over the hilarious montage tracing his efforts to "invent" the self-starter, and other modern conveniences, well before their time; he succeeds only in making a laughingstock of himself]
... I wanna talk to you about something that'll turn your two-bit toolshed into a factory... What do you mean, enlarge on it? It's a gizmo you press with your foot that starts an engine with an electric motor... What is it used for? It's used to make twelve hundred jillion smackers, that's what it's used for......
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Albert Salmi stars as ruthless tycoon William Feathersmith, who is quite wealthy but bored, and eager to re-experience the thrill of acquiring all his wealth from the beginning, which was in 1910 Cliffordville. He will get his chance when propositioned by devilish Miss Devlin(played by Julie Newmar) who will gladly send him there in exchange for(not his soul, which they already have!) but his fortune. Confidently he agrees, but will discover that his memory isn't as good as he thought it was, and future knowledge of wealth is no guarantee of success... Both Salmi & Newmar are quite good, though episode never catches fire like it should. Still, it does have clever touches and a most ironic ending.
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