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. See more »
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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Robert Sterling stars as a newspaper editor named Douglas Winter who is at the end of his rope, since his newspaper the Courier is in big financial trouble, making him consider suicide. Intervening is devilish Mr. Smith(played by Burgess Meredith) who offers Winter the standard deal of success if he sells his soul, which he agrees to not believing it to be true, but when Smith keeps his word when the papers fortunes turn around, Winter realizes that he better find a way to trick this devil if he is to redeem his eternal soul... Amusing episode with a good cast and clever ending, though otherwise it treads quite familiar ground that had been done before, and in less than an hour...
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