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


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

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29 January 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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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 »


Narrator: [opening narration] Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Gibbs - three days and two nights, all expenses paid, at a Las Vegas hotel, won by virtue of Mrs. Gibbs' knack with a phrase. But unbeknownst to either Mr. or Mrs. Gibbs is the fact that there's a prize in their package neither expected nor bargained for. In just a moment, one of them will succumb to an illness worse than any virus can produce, a most inoperative, deadly, life-shattering affliction known as The Fever.
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Referenced in The Pinball Arcade (2012) See more »

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Disappointing, disappointing, disappointing
19 March 2006 | by (British Columbia) – See all my reviews

This is a mediocre episode of The Twilight Zone. The story is simple: A couple wins a trip to Las Vegas where the husband becomes a gambling addict. The biggest problem with "The Fever" is just how unlikeable and unsympathetic the characters are. Neither the acting nor the writing help the situation much; the husband is a know-it-all jerk while the wife is mousy and annoying. Without a character to identify with, the viewer cannot share the husbands experience with addiction or the wife's horror at watching her family's saving being gambled away. The gimmick in this episode is that the slot machine can say the husbands name, beckoning him to the machine. Overall, a forgettable episode that I awarded only a mark of 5.7.

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