The Twilight Zone: Season 4, Episode 9

Printer's Devil (28 Feb. 1963)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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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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Episode complete credited cast:
Douglas Winter
Jackie Benson (as Patricia Crowley)
Mr. Smith
Mr. Franklin
Charles P. Thompson ...
Andy Praskins (as Charles Thompson)
Doris Kemper ...
Camille Franklin ...


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

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28 February 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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A lengthy excerpt of dialogue from this episode is featured at the end of the song 'Wolf Kidult Man' by Manchester group The Fall. See more »


When Mr. Smith is driving Jackie near the end, the speedometer shown is not correct for the 1957 Ford Fairlane they are in. See more »


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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