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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!

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Arch Oboler Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in November and December of 1951, not released until June 1953 and then it only played in three theaters.Many audience members left the theater before the film was over. 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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Connections

Featured in Svengoolie: The Twonky (1995) See more »

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Not Citizen Kane, but a fun quirky little movie
5 November 2005 | by allegra11See all my reviews

I guess you either love or hate "The Twonky". Considering the kinds of big studio made films that were coming out of Hollywood at the time this film was made, I find the Twonky rather refreshing. It's odd and quirky, and expresses many people's fears and concerns over the early days of television and what it might do to our culture. The film is not without it's faults, but I can overlook them, one reason being the film's star, Hans Conried, who brings something more to the cheap little film than another lesser performer might have. I have NOT read the original story, so I can't compare the two, but usually the original story is superior to any film adaption. However despite the films shortcomings, I find it a unique item from it's time. Mike Walters


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