The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Man in the Bottle 

A luckless couple stumbles upon fortune when a genie materializes from a bottle in their antique shop. The genie grants them four wishes but warns them, prophetically, to be careful what you wish for.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Arthur Castle
Edna Castle
IRS Man (as Olan Soulé)
Lisa Golm ...
Mrs. Gumley


Arthur and Edna Castle run a small antique shop but business is not good and they're having trouble paying their bills. Despite that, the good-hearted Arthur buys an old wine bottle from the desperate Mrs. Gumley for a dollar. When he knocks the bottle open, a genie appears offering them four wishes. They soon find that their wishes don't lead them to the outcomes they had hoped for and certainly don't lead to happiness. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

7 October 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode takes place in 1960 and on April 30, 1945. See more »


The swastika on the flag hung on the wall is backwards. See more »


Arthur Castle: It isn't just an antique shop where you pick up the pitiful remnants of other people's failures, it's a shrine to failure itself! That's what it is.
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Spoofed in Futurama: I Dated a Robot (2001) See more »

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Never Trust a Genie!
11 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one more in the genre of the three wishes. I remember the story "The Monkey's Paw" where a wish for riches gets the old couple's son killed in a factory accident. The last wish is to send him to his grave. This is the story of two old people who run an antique shop. They are living hand to foot. The man is kind and can't say no to his neighbors. When the genie appears and offers him four wishes, we know from his appearance that nothing comes without a price. The man wishes for a million dollars, but the IRS of the fifties takes ninety percent (remember Jackie Gleason's taxes). They are left with a couple wishes. The next one is for power. But the conditions are so open to interpretation that a disaster happens. The conclusion is pretty much like all of them. I won't spoil the fun, but be careful what you wish for.

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