Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 17

The Fever (29 Jan. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" The Fever (original title)

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

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Franklin Gibbs
Vivi Janiss ...
Flora Gibbs
William Kendis ...
Hansen
Lee Millar ...
Joe
Lee Sands ...
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Marc Towers ...
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Art Lewis ...
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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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The ending credits introduce the theme music later used in the second through fourth seasons of the show (though this was the only point in the first season where it was used in place of the traditional theme music). See more »

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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 »

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Flora Gibbs: Franklin, that's the third time you've cashed a check.
Franklin Gibbs: I know that.
Flora Gibbs: Well, you've spent a great deal of money.
Franklin Gibbs: I know that too.
Flora Gibbs: Don't you think you ought to stop now?
Franklin Gibbs: How can I stop? I lost a great deal of money. You said it yourself. I've got to win it back.
Flora Gibbs: But what if you don't? What if you don't win it back, Franklin? You've been standing here nearly 3 hours.
Franklin Gibbs: Yes, I know that too.
Flora Gibbs: Franklin, dear, you know how awful you feel in the morning after you've been up too late at night.
Franklin Gibbs: Flora, will ...
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Sloane doesn't quite save this Zone
7 December 2009 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

The only reason I am giving this episode a four star rating, is Everett Sloane's performance. Clearly this man must have been a very talented actor, although I don't know any of his other work.

Everything else about this episode is either very bad, very dull, unintentionally comical, or all three at once. The story is dreadfully dull (although the base idea behind it is not necessarily bad, and might make an interesting short, if done correctly), the episode is all just put together badly, and the "dramatic" ending is just laughable, rather than scary/intense.

This is the worst episode of Twilight Zone I have seen, and it would've gotten 2 stars from me, had it not been for Mr. Sloane who does a stand up job of trying to save this episode. Unfortunately, this is beyond saving by even the most talented of actors.


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