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 ...


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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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 »


Franklin Gibbs: [after maniacally playing a slot machine for nearly 24 hours, it "deliberately" breaks down on him] ... Give me back my dollar, you miserable dirty... That's my last dollar!
[He attacks the machine and pushes it over; it crashes to the floor]
Franklin Gibbs: Franklin Gibbs: GIVE ME BACK MY DOLLAR!
[he is dragged out of the casino by security guards]
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Referenced in The Pinball Arcade (2012) See more »

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Mediocre, at best
29 January 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Okay, so the main premise is that an elderly grouch begins gambling and the slot machine talks to him--enticing him to spend more and more and more and more until he's bankrupt. This sounds like perhaps the basis for the beginning of an episode or perhaps a five to ten minute vignette. However, to be strung out to a full episode is appalling--and most of the show seemed padded and completely unnecessary. Plus, there really is no more to the story than what I put in my first sentence. For die-hard Twilight Zone zombies, it's brilliant and perfect. For anyone who will admit that for every great episode, there was probably one decent one and one dog, then this is perhaps one of the dogs. Not a great big dog--but still a dog. Dull, unimaginative and thoroughly mediocre at best.

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