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"Twilight Zone" The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross (TV Episode 1964) Poster

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Salvadore Ross: Well, are you happy now that you've convinced her she's too much for a *bum* like Salvadore Ross, hmm?

Mr. Maitland: I'll admit, I wouldn't choose you for my daughter. But it's not my decision, it's hers. Besides, I may be wrong about you. She obviously sees you differently than I do.

Leah Maitland: No I don't.

[turns to Sal]

Leah Maitland: Not anymore.

[Leah goes in with her father and closes the door]

Salvadore Ross: Why can't I want something in my life and get it?

[punches the door]

Salvadore Ross: Just once.

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Leah Maitland: We can't keep seeing each other. I should never have let it gotten so that it was this way.

Salvadore Ross: Sure. As long as you're the saintly social worker and I'm one of the crumbs, everything's all right. But as soon as we get too close, why then you notice I got dirt on my hands.

Leah Maitland: That has nothing to do with it.

Salvadore Ross: And that I don't talk like your old man.

Leah Maitland: Sal, we're just two people who are never going to understand each other.

Salvadore Ross: Baby, with your education, you can come up with a better Dear John than that.

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Salvadore Ross: [grabs Leah] Listen, I ain't always gonna have dirt on my hands. And I don't need no books to show me which way is up. I got the map and I'll get there.

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] Confidential personnel file on Salvadore Ross. Personality: a volatile mixture of fury and frustration. Distinguishing physical characteristic: a badly-broken hand which will require emergency treatment at the nearest hospital. Ambition: shows great determination toward self-improvement. Estimate of potential success: a sure bet for a listing in Who's Who - in the Twilight Zone.

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Old Man: [lying in the next hospital bed] You do something to your hand?

Salvadore Ross: No. I came here for a good night's sleep. The Waldorf was gettin' on my nerves.

Old Man: I bet it hurts.

Salvadore Ross: Yeah, it hurts.

Old Man: You're still lucky though.

Salvadore Ross: My luck wins prizes.

Old Man: [coughing] No, I mean, I've got this awful congestion in my chest.

Salvadore Ross: Are you grippin' about a cold?

Old Man: At your age, it just might be a cold. But at mine, it could easily turn into pneumonia. You know young man, you could break both legs and an elbow and you'd still be swimming inside of a month.

Salvadore Ross: Yeah, well if you think this is so great, well let's swap. You take my busted hand and I'll take your lousy cold.

Old Man: [laughs and then begins to cough again] It's a deal.

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Mr. Halpert: Well, where is it?

Salvadore Ross: What?

Mr. Halpert: This wonderful item that I'm supposed to purchase.

Salvadore Ross: Well you're lookin' at it.

Mr. Halpert: I'm looking at it?

Salvadore Ross: Yeah, it's... it's youth. That's what I wanna sell you.

Mr. Halpert: Youth that comes in bottles?

[pushing him out]

Mr. Halpert: Come on, get out of here.

Salvadore Ross: Wait a minute, wait a minute. Look, I read in the paper that you're 72 years old, right? I'm 26. Now what would you give to be 26 years old again, hmm?

Mr. Halpert: I think you're the kookiest kid they ever turned loose on the street.

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Salvadore Ross: How much would you give to be 26 years old again? How much?

[Halpert just looks at him]

Salvadore Ross: Well come on, how much? A million bucks?

Mr. Halpert: [a little amused] All right, let's say a million dollars.

Salvadore Ross: What about this pad? Do you own it?

Mr. Halpert: Yes, I own it.

Salvadore Ross: Do you throw that in as part of the deal?

Mr. Halpert: How do you propose to deliver these years you rave about?

Salvadore Ross: I'm gonna sell you *my* years.

Mr. Halpert: [laughs out loud] All right, I'll tell you what you do. You wrap the years up and mail them to me, uh.

[shows Sal to the door]

Salvadore Ross: But now wait a minute, what about the pad? Is that gonna be part of the deal?

Mr. Halpert: Yes, I'll make it part of the deal. I wouldn't think of taking your years for anything less than they're worth.

Salvadore Ross: [excited] Oh man, a million bucks and this pad. You just bought yourself 46 years, Mr. Halpert.

Mr. Halpert: I'm sure I did, boy.

Salvadore Ross: No, you're not sure. But you got a big surprise in store.

Mr. Halpert: [laughing out loud] Get out of here.

[pushes him out the door]

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Mr. Maitland: I've thought a lot about it. Though I realize that you are what you are and it's not my place to judge you...

Salvadore Ross: Oh look, I don't care what you think about me.

Mr. Maitland: Please, please.

[continues]

Mr. Maitland: I can not let you ruin her life by marrying her.

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[closing narration]

Narrator: The Salvadore Ross program for self-improvement. The all-time, sure-fire success course that lets you lick the bully, learn the language, dance the tango, and anything else you want to do- or think you want to do. Money-back guarantee. Offer limited to... the Twilight Zone.

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