The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Mind and the Matter 

Using the power of mind over matter, Archibald Beechcroft remakes the world to his own specifications.



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The intolerant Archibald Beechcroft is a misanthropic clerk of the Central Park Insurance Co. that hates everybody. When a colleague gives him a book about the power of the mind, Archibald reads the magic book and decides to wipe out the human race. However, he feels lonely and uses his ability to make the entire population of his city his perfect clone, discovering how hateful the world would be. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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12 May 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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When the elevator doors open in the lobby of Mr. Beechcroft's office building, look closely at the floor of the elevator entrance as he enters; there is no edging/gap/space between the floor and the elevator shaft, revealing that both the elevator & the lobby are free standing sets built on the same floor. See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: A brief, if frenetic, introduction to Mr. Archibald Beechcroft, a child of the twentieth century, a product of the population explosion, and one of the inheritors of the legacy of progress. Mr. Beechcroft, again. This time, act two of his daily battle for survival. And in just a moment, our hero will begin his personal one-man rebellion against the mechanics of his age, and to do so he will enlist certain aids available only - in The Twilight Zone.
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A Malcontent
27 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

Shelley Berman plays unhappy Insurance clerk Archibald Beechcroft, who is also deeply misanthropic, but one day, after reading a book about mental power given to him by a clumsy colleague(played by Jack Grinnage) he decides to put it to the test by wishing away the entire human race, which astonishingly succeeds, though Beechcroft finds that solitude isn't all he believed it to be, and tries to put his self-inflicted situation right. Silly episode is only moderately funny. Though Berman does his best, his character becomes annoying, and suffers from a lack of imagination more than anything else. Still, it's just passable, but little more.

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