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The Twonky (1953)

Tweedy college professor discovers his new TV set is animate, apparently possessed by something from the future, and militantly intent on regulating his daily life.

Director:

Arch Oboler

Writers:

Henry Kuttner (short story), Arch Oboler (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hans Conried ... Kerry West
William H. Lynn William H. Lynn ... Coach Trout (as Billy Lynn)
Gloria Blondell ... Lady Bill Collector
Edwin Max ... Ed, TV Repairman (as Ed Max)
Janet Warren ... Carolyn West
Evelyn Beresford ... Old Lady Motorist
Bob Jellison ... TV Shop Owner
Norman Field Norman Field ... Doctor
Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts ... Head Treasury Agent
Connie Marshall ... Susie - Girl with football team
William Phipps ... Student
Bennie Washington Bennie Washington ... Maybelle
Lenore Kingston Lenore Kingston ... Offended Phone Operator #2
Alice Backes Alice Backes ... Offended Phone Operator #1
Charles Phillips Charles Phillips
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Storyline

The last thing College Lit professor Cary West wants, while is wife is out of town, is a TV set to keep him company; but that's just what his wife, Carolyn has bought for him. Written by Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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Out of Your Own Tomorrow... Out of Time and Space a Fearsome Power!

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1953 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original story is credited to Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore (it was published under their joint pseudonym, "Lewis Padgett"), but, like many of the songs credited to "Lennon and McCartney", it may have been written in collaboration or by either of them alone. Often even they could not say later who had written how much of many of their stories. See more »

Quotes

Cary West: You're driving on the wrong side of the road!
Old Lady Motorist: Not in England I'm not!
Cary West: Oh nooooo!
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A Radio Guy Writes a MOVIE about a Possessed TV
15 April 2009 | by jwpeel-1See all my reviews

Hans Conreid is one of my favorite character actors of all time, and here he is put to the test as a man whose wife has bought him a television to entertain him while she is away So many people don't get the point of this movie, and it really is quite simple considering the history of the time. This is in the infancy of television and the motion picture industry was suffering at the time because people found it was cheaper to stay at home for their entertainment. So what does the industry do? They hire Arch Oboler of radio fame to write a screenplay about an almost despotic TV set. It's pretty basic, and makes for a surreal and entertaining time. Think of "The Twilight Zone" with a sense of humor and you get "The Twonky Zone" basically. Just sit back and enjoy, and if smoke 'em if you got 'em. The Twonky will light it for you.


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