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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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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Burgess With Horns
23 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One more soul selling. The problem is that we aren't privy to the rules. Burgess Meredith comes upon George Bailey (Oh sorry. That's another movie) as he's trying to commit suicide. This is a man who is the owner of a newspaper that has gone in the tank due to a big money competitor. He is in hock up to his ears and can see no way out. Burgess talks him off the bridge and assures him that given the opportunity, he can turn his life around. He lights his crooked cigar by striking his finger on his pants leg. He tells the young man that he is a top reporter and a master linotype operator (and he is). The bad thing is that while things begin to flourish, it is because the newspaper begins to get scoops almost as the events take place. A series of disasters and scandals take place and the newspapers are already on the streets within an hour. Of course, the devil has snookered the young man. He now takes over the paper, acting as puppeteer for the others. What to do? The conclusion works fairly well and Meredith is a great devil (his cruelty comes to the fore at the end), but things are not presented logically within the rules of the game.


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