I Dream of Jeannie (1965–1970)
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The Moving Finger 

When Jeannie becomes jealous of Tony dating a movie star, she tries to become one but finds out that genies cannot be photographed.


Gene Nelson


Sidney Sheldon (created by), Harry Essex | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview:
Barbara Eden ... Jeannie
Larry Hagman ... Captain Anthony Nelson
Nancy Kovack ... Rita Mitchell
David McLean ... Jason Huberts
Woodrow Parfrey ... Henry Tracy
Dick Balduzzi Dick Balduzzi ... Sammy
Jim Begg Jim Begg ... Ronnie
Arthur Romans Arthur Romans ... Assistant Director
Stephen Whittaker ... Bellboy
Joe Brooks ... Crane Driver


When Jeannie becomes jealous of Tony dating a movie star, she tries to become one but finds out that genies cannot be photographed.

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy







Release Date:

13 November 1965 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The plot of the fictional film made as part of this episode anticipates to a large degree the plot of the Richard Fleischer film Fantastic Voyage (1966), which was released more than a year later: an American astronaut, shrunken to the size of a pinhead, is injected into the bloodstream of a Soviet astronaut, works his way to the brain and retrieves information vital to the defense of the country. See more »


Captain Anthony Nelson: I was on my way to a military mission.
Jeannie: Where?
Captain Anthony Nelson: To a city called Hollywood in a state called California where they make moving pictures.
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References Major Dundee (1965) See more »

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A trip to Hollywood to become a movie star
5 November 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Moving Finger" opens with Tony trying to sneak off on a 10 day business trip to Hollywood, to work as a technical consultant for a movie. Jeannie naturally insists on going along, particularly as glamorous starlet Rita Mitchell (Nancy Kovack) is currently on the prowl for husband number 7. Producer Henry Tracy (Woodrow Parfrey) describes the plot of the upcoming "Fantastic Voyage," about American scientists shrunk to microscopic size, injected into the blood stream of an ailing Russian scientist to perform a delicate operation inside the human body. Disguised as Tony's secretary, Jeannie accompanies her master to Rita's dinner party, accepting an offer from Tracy to do her own screen test. The projection room is the setting for dejection, as she learns to her regret that genies cannot be photographed, though her voice is heard. Future entries sometimes disregarded this idea, but it was revived for the fifth season's wedding episode.

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