An elderly man catches gambling fever from a slot machine that he believes is calling his name.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Franklin Gibbs
Flora Gibbs
William Kendis ...
Lee Millar ...
Lee Sands ...
Floor Manager
Marc Towers ...
Art Lewis ...


Flora and Franklin Gibbs head off to Las Vegas for a two-night all expense paid vacation won by Flora in a contest. Franklin has agreed to go with her but he is unimpressed with the place, especially the casino looking down on all of those poor fools, as he calls them, playing slot machines. He severely admonishes Flora when she puts a nickel in a slot machine, accusing her of throwing away her money. When a drunken gambler gives him a dollar and insists that he play the machine, Franklin wins and there begins his descent into madness. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

29 January 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The slot machine Franklin uses is the same prop that Ace Larson has in his coffee shop in the episode 'The Prime Mover'. See more »


When Franklin falls out of the window. It's quite obvious, he doesn't fall more than a few inches. You can see his legs just stop going down (and actually to the right) during the fall. See more »


Rod Serling - Narrator: [Closing Narration] Mr. Franklin Gibbs, visitor to Las Vegas, who lost his money, his reason, and finally his life to an inanimate metal machine variously described as a one-armed bandit, a slot machine, or, in Mr. Franklin Gibbs' words, a monster with a will all its own. For our purposes, we'll stick with the latter definition - because we're in the Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in The Pinball Arcade (2012) See more »

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Gambling Man
25 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Everett Sloane plays Franklyn Gibbs, who, along with his wife Flora, goes to a casino in Las Vegas after winning a vacation prize. Once there, Franklyn admonishes his wife for gambling, which he considers foolish, but after a fateful pull of a slot machine, finds himself hopelessly addicted to playing and winning no matter how long it takes, or how much it costs, either in money or even in lives... Both amusing yet menacing cautionary tale is pretty obvious when all is said and done, yet remains surprisingly entertaining, with a good performance by Sloane as a man forced to confront his own hypocrisy and self-destruction.

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