The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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A Most Unusual Camera 

When three unintelligent crooks get ahold of a camera that takes pictures of the future, they set out to make a quick fortune with their new toy.


John Rich


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Fred Clark ... Chester Dietrich
Jean Carson ... Paula Diedrich
Adam Williams ... Woodward
Marcel Hillaire ... Pierre - Waiter


Married couple Chester and Paula have broken into and robbed a curio shop, hoping to sell the loot for a handsome sum of money. Unfortunately, all of it turns out to be junk or fakes. All, that is, save for a mysterious camera. When they try taking a picture, it turns out to be from five minutes into the future. Soon Paula's brother Woodward joins them and the three decide to use the camera at a horse track to win big. Written by J. Rieper

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English | French

Release Date:

16 December 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The horse pays 47.60 per $2 bet. He has around $200 to bet. When the horse wins, he says, "Ninety-five hundred bucks." It's actually $4760. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] Object known as a camera, vintage uncertain, origin unknown. But for the greedy, the avaricious, the fleet of foot, who can run a four-minute mile so long as they're chasing a fast buck, it makes believe that it's an ally, but it isn't at all. It's a beckoning come-on for a quick walk around the block - in The Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in Futurama: The Thief of Baghead (2012) See more »

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Greed Is the Root of All Evil
26 May 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The clumsy smalltime thieves Chester and his wife Paula Dietrich heist an antique shop and find that they had stolen garbage only. However they find a mysterious camera and discover it takes picture from the near future. Out of the blue, Paula´s brother Woodward flees from prison and seeks shelter with his sister. The trio decides to go to the horse race and make fortune. Will their plan work?

"A Most Unusual Camera" is an episode of "The Twilight Zone" with a tale of greed and unintelligence. The ambitious and stupid trio of smalltime thieves is moved by greed and pay the high price in the end. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Uma Câmera Muito Incomum" ("A Most Unusual Camera")

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