Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
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Djinn, No Chaser 

Mental patient Danny Squires tells his unseen psychiatrist the story of how his wife Connie purchased an old lamp, rubbed it, and brought an ill-tempered genie into their lives.

Director:

Shelley Levinson

Writers:

Haskell Barkin (teleplay by) (as Haskell Smith), Harlan Ellison (based upon a story by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Charles Levin ... Danny Squires
Colleen Camp ... Connie Squires
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... The Djinn, Jan Bin Jan
Nate Esformes ... Mohandus Mukhar
Paul Sparer Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Mental patient Danny Squires tells his unseen psychiatrist the story of how his wife Connie purchased an old lamp, rubbed it, and brought an ill-tempered genie into their lives.

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Certificate:

TV-14

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1985 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Per the title, a chaser is a mild drink or beer taken after a shot of hard liquor. See more »

Quotes

Connie Squires: Danny, are you asleep?
Danny Squires: Yes.
Connie Squires: Then how come you're answering me?
Danny Squires: I was raised polite.
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Soundtracks

Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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Vies for placement as the worst of this series
27 April 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

As another reviewer has noted, DJINN, NO CHASER is a completely horrid episode of TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE, gobsmacking in its sheer ineffectiveness. The reason it's so bad? It's one of those lame pseudo-comedies, one that tries so hard to be very funny but which stumbles at the first block and never recovers. The most astonishing thing about it is that it was written by Harlan Ellison, of all people.

The excruciating Charles Levin hams it up for all his worth as a husband narrating his story from a psychiatric ward. It turns out his wife (played by film and TV regular Colleen Camp) bought a magic lamp at an antiques store, but when she rubs it the pair are assembled by an ill-tempered genie. When the genie finally shows himself, the actor is ex-basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (GAME OF DEATH). Am I the only one who found the portray of the genie more than a little racist? In any case there's no story here, just lame attempts at humour which fall flat throughout. It's frankly embarrassing.


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