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
The character Hecate, played by Wright King, is named for a Greek goddess associated with the moon, witchcraft, and any scary things that go bump in the night. This is appropriate for the demonic theme of this story. The name Hecate can be pronounced either "HECK it" or "HECK it e" or "heh CAHT e". 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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Those of you who remember the 1960's Batman will notice that both Penguin (Burgess Meredith in Printer's Devil) and Catwoman (Julie Newmar) play the devil in series 4 of TZ. Cliffordville is yet another tale of a man wanting to go back to his youth (a theme Serling was deeply interested in).This story would have been better in the half hour format. It only really comes to life while Ms Newmar is on screen as the slick, glamorous and horned Miss Devlin. Her star turn is all that distinguishes this episode. The villainy and greed of Feathersmith will place you firmly on the alluring Miss Devlin's side. I'll let you guess which one of these wheeler-dealers has the last laugh?
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