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 »
When Mr. Feathersmith goes back to 1910 and visits the daughter of the banker he is making the deal with, the daughter plays a song on her piano. The piano she is playing is a New York-made Steinway Model B. However, the piano she is playing is a modern Steinway (1963) and not from the 1910 era from which it is supposed to be. This can be ascertained by the Sheraton arms of the piano framing the keyboard, which have squared off edges. In 1910, Steinway still used rounded arms framing the keyboard and it was not until many years later that the Sheraton arms were used (and are still used today). See more »
I remember vividly one afternoon when you called me into your office, and you said, "Bill Feathersmith, I like your style, boy. I want you in with me." You remember that afternoon, Mr. Deidrich?
I shall never forget it, Mr. Feathersmith. I have given it a good deal of thought in the ensuing years, and I shall never cease to regret it.
You never did like me.
I wouldn't say that, Mr. Feathersmith. I wouldn't say that I - never did like you. I have disliked and detested you with great cordiality. ...
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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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