Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 24

What's in the Box (13 Mar. 1964)
"The Twilight Zone" What's in the Box (original title)

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Philanderer Joe Britt sees his indiscretions shown on his own TV set after it was worked on by a very unique repairman.

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Taxi driver Joe Britt usually makes his way home to his wife Phyllis but theirs is not a happy marriage as they constantly bicker and she accuses him of having a girlfriend. The obnoxious Joe is having his TV fixed but after the repairman leaves, Joe sees himself with his girlfriend in scenes from the recent past. Soon after, he has a glimpse of what will happen in the near future. Written by garykmcd

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Viewers who grew up watching cable television may wonder why Joe Britt is surprised to get Channel 10. When television began, it was broadcast over the very high frequency (VHF) band of the radio spectrum. The VHF channels were 2-13, but, to avoid interference, a city could not have channels with consecutive numbers, except for 4 and 5 or 5 and 6. Britt lives in New York, which had channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13. See more »

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When Joe breaks the TV screen with his fist you can see a still of the TV image that has been applied to the glass surface, which appears to shatter along with the glass. See more »

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[closing narration]
Narrator: The next time your TV set is on the blink, when you're in the need of a first-rate repairman, may we suggest our own specialist? Factory-trained, prompt, honest, twenty-four hour service. You won't find him in the phone book, but his office is conveniently located - in the Twilight Zone.
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Fantastic acting
28 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my all time favorites. I have the TZ's on DVD and I watch them periodically, one after another, savoring the moments. Only the TZs can I watch this way.

The acting between Blondell and Demarest is nonpareil, and the TV repairman you may recognize as the voice of Winnie the Pooh (from the 1960s). They are all accomplished actors of course, but much of their body of work pre-dates my movie experience by decades.

In any case, this isn't an episode that jumps out and surprises you with a 'gotcha' ending. Instead, you know where it's more or less going, but it manages to keep you on edge the whole time with plenty of creepiness and claustrophobia in that NY apartment. The dialogue is filled with great noir one-liners "you and your flea bitten floozie.."...

Highly recommended--not for the 'gotcha' as I said, but for a more enjoyable ride, watching a pair of thespians in the twilights of their careers give a fantastic stage-life performance.


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