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
Vivi Janiss ...
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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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 »


Although told at the beginning of the story that he has unlimited credit, Franklin is chided for writing multiple checks for gambling money, incurring a large debt. Why would he need to write checks if he had unlimited credit? See more »


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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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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