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
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Castle, gentle and infinitely patient people, whose lives have been a hope chest with a rusty lock and a lost set of keys. But in just a moment that hope chest will be opened, and an improbable phantom will try to bedeck the drabness of these two people's failure-laden lives with the gold and precious stones of fulfillment. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Castle, standing on the outskirts and about to enter the Twilight Zone.
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Joseph Ruskin stars as a dapper looking and well-spoken Genie who is brought out of his bottle by Arthur & Edna Castle, a nearly broke married couple desperately trying to hold on to their little curio shop. The Genie grants them four wishes that he urges them to think through carefully, but of course they never do, as unexpected complications ensue from the wishes, whether it be money or power, making the Castles wish that they could put things back the way they were before... Uninspired outing has a good performance by Ruskin, but otherwise is pretty run-of-the-mill overall, though remains at least watchable.
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