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
This episode takes place in 1963 and 1910. See more »
When the bell-tower strikes 12 midnight, a relatively light sky is visible. 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, who probably did most of his work as heavies in Westerns, stars in this Rod Serling offering. One disconcerting thing for me is that the makeup to create his baldness seems so obvious. That little item aside, Salmi plays about as evil a character as one can imagine. He has everything life can give him and has treated everyone with incredible cruelty over the years. He has something like 34 million dollars of net worth. After destroying his last rival, he false into a deep malaise. There is no one left to mistreat. He sits in his office, getting drunk, bemoaning this problem, speaking in an incredibly condescending way to a poor janitor who has worked for the company for more than thirty years. As he exits, he comes upon a travel agency that he's never seen before. It is run by a woman with a set of horns, played by Julie Newmar. Of course, she works for the devil and has been sent to offer Salmi a proposition. He has said that he would give up everything to start over with new challenges. He dreams of Cliffordsville, a little town where he got his start. One pregnant statement that is simply passed over is when he asks if he needs to sell his soul, she says, "Oh, we got that a long time ago." I suppose that the trouble that ensues is partly due to his drunkenness and lack of thought, because it is anything but a picnic. As is often the case, it is simplistic, though Salmi really hams it up and gets us to despise him. For me, it was just too easy to predict the result.
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