Twilight Zone: Season 4, Episode 9

Printer's Devil (28 Feb. 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" Printer's Devil (original title)

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A man sells his soul to the devil to save his failing newspaper and gets more than he bargained for.

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A man sells his soul to the devil to save his failing newspaper and gets more than he bargained for.

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The special effect of Burgess Meredith creating a flame to light his cigar merely by snapping his fingers was accomplished by having two electric wires attached to a battery running up Meredith's coat and concealed on his fingers. Meredith held his fingers in a can of ice water until they were numb, and then a crew member put lighter fluid on his fingers. Bringing the wires together created a spark that ignited the fluid so he could light the cigar. See more »

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Narrator: [Closing Narration] Exit the infernal machine, and with it his satanic majesty, Lucifer, prince of darkness - otherwise known as Mr. Smith. He's gone, but not for good; that wouldn't be like him - he's gone for bad. And he might be back, with another ticket = to The Twilight Zone.
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28 November 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

True, it's an old scenario- accepting help from the devil to turn one's fortunes around at the risk of damnation. Still this is a lively and enjoyable hour-long TZ. Robert Sterling runs The Courier, a newspaper about to go out of business until Mr Smith, or the devil(Burgess Meredith-in his last of four TZ's) intervenes and provides all the scoops. Patricia Crowley blends well with Robert Sterling, playing his much less gullible secretary/girlfriend. There are morals to the story which become confirmed as the pace builds brilliantly towards the end. Charles Beaumont's scripting and Meredith's playing of the devil are amusing. He gets close to being charming then reminds you he's a right mischievous little thing.

Good fun.


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