There is a subtle reference to a 'real life' story that is similar to this episode's theme. The line; "That's like asking Paganini if he plays the fiddle" is a reference to Niccolò Paganini, an extremely talented musician (violinist) who was so skilled, it was widely rumoured that he had sold his soul to the devil in order to possess such 'unnatural' abilities. (Some of his techniques bordered on the impossible, even by today's standards) See more »
When Mr. Smith is driving the car, three different shots of the speedometer show the car racing, but the odometer never moves. (Though I suppose one could argue the odometer might have been broken.) See more »
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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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.
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