The Twilight Zone: Season 4, Episode 9

Printer's Devil (28 Feb. 1963)

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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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Based on the Charles Beaumont short story "The Devil, You Say?". See more »


A wire and flame gel is visible when Mr. Smith "lights" his finger. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] Take away a man's dream, fill him with whiskey and despair, send him to a lonely bridge, let him stand there all by himself looking down as the black water, and try to imagine the thoughts that are in his mind. You can't, I can't. But there's someone who can - and that someone is seated next to Douglas Winter right now. The car is headed back toward town, but its real destination is 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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