Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 12

What You Need (25 Dec. 1959)
"The Twilight Zone" What You Need (original title)

TV Episode  -   -  Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
8.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 888 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 3 critic

A small time crook plans to exploit an old street peddler who has the uncanny knack of selling people exactly what they will shortly need.

Director:

Writers:

(teleplay), (based on the short story by), 2 more credits »
Watch Episode
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 41 titles
created 17 Jul 2011
 
a list of 296 titles
created 10 Jan 2012
 
a list of 2202 titles
created 04 Apr 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 26 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: What You Need (25 Dec 1959)

What You Need (25 Dec 1959) on IMDb 8.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Twilight Zone.
« Previous Episode | 12 of 156 Episodes | Next Episode »

Videos

Edit

Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Steve Cochran ...
Fred Renard
Ernest Truex ...
Pedott
Read Morgan ...
Lefty
...
Girl in Bar (as Arline Sax)
William Edmonson ...
Bartender
Doris Karnes ...
Woman
Fred Kruger ...
Man on Street
Norman Sturgis ...
Hotel Clerk
Edit

Storyline

An old man comes to the same bar every night to peddle his wares. He tells the clients what it is they need before they realize they need it. Moments after telling a washed up major league pitcher he needs a ticket to Scranton, Pennsylvania he gets a phone call offering him a job there. When the old man tells him he needs a pair of scissors, Fred Renard scoff at him but and when his scarf is caught in an elevator door, he's glad the old man was right. Renard, who has wasted most of his 36 years on Earth, decides to capitalize on the old man's gift. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 December 1959 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Original story featured a machine that could foretell an individual's probable future. Rod Serling replaced this science-fiction element with a street peddler who could magically perform the same function. See more »

Goofs

Right after the old man Pedott first comes into the bar, the camera changes to a shot of Renard sitting at the bar. For several seconds, the frames are running backward (you can see smoke coming down to the cigarette instead of rising up from it). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bartender: You ready for another?
Fred Renard: I'm fine.
Bartender: You've been fine for an hour. We sell booze here, mister. We don't just rent space.
Fred Renard: Is that a fact?
Bartender: That's a fact, buddy.
Fred Renard: How would you like to take a flying jump at the moon?
See more »

Connections

Version of Tales of Tomorrow: What You Need (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Blues
(uncredited)
Written by Stan Tracey
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
What Do You Need?
24 November 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

At the beginning this story focuses on Lefty (Read Morgan), a former baseball pitcher drowning his sorrow in a bar, and what he needs. There is also a girl (Arlene Martel- mysterious nurse in season two's Twenty Two) whose need happily makes her path and Lefty's cross. The peddler, who knows which little item can lead a person to help bring their life meaningfully together, then disappears from the bar. This is because Fred Rennard, a charmless, malevolent loser is watching him.

Steve Cochrane who played gangster roles opposite James Cagney and Joan Crawford in the early fifties plays Rennard. This is a very good little morality tale about the importance of using things not people. Also how little it would take to put one's life on a happy path providing you take a droplet of good fortune with a virtuous approach.

Sorry if I'm sounding a bit preachy, but I love to find meaning in the Zone.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why haven't the episodes been colorized? iboyg
Five worst episodes jrl0726
Uncle Simon... sylvia67
What are your top ten favorite episodes? moviemom4
Who is still alive? phyl_lil
Which character do you think had the most tragic ending? toolfrenzy7-1
Discuss What You Need (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?