The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Printer's Devil 

A man sells his soul to the Devil to save his failing newspaper and gets more than he bargained for.


Ralph Senensky


Charles Beaumont, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Sterling ... Douglas Winter
Pat Crowley ... Jackie Benson (as Patricia Crowley)
Burgess Meredith ... Mr. Smith
Ray Teal ... Mr. Franklin
Charles Thompson Charles Thompson ... Andy Praskins
Doris Kemper Doris Kemper ... Landlady
Camille Franklin Camille Franklin ... Molly


A man sells his soul to the Devil to save his failing newspaper and gets more than he bargained for.

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Release Date:

28 February 1963 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The special effect of Burgess Meredith creating a flame to light his cigar merely by snapping his fingers was accomplished by having two electric wires attached to a battery running up Meredith's coat and concealed on his fingers. Meredith held his fingers in a can of ice water until they were numb, and then a crew member put lighter fluid on his fingers. Bringing the wires together created a spark that ignited the fluid so he could light the cigar. See more »


When Mr. Smith is driving the car, three different shots of the speedometer show the car racing, but the odometer never moves. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] Exit the infernal machine, and with it his satanic majesty, Lucifer, prince of darkness - otherwise known as Mr. Smith. He's gone, but not for good; that wouldn't be like him - he's gone for bad. And he might be back, with another ticket = to The Twilight Zone.
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head and shoulders above the average episode
1 July 2017 | by blom0344See all my reviews

Printer's Devil benefits hugely from being an hourly episode. Characters are more defined, there's a nice build-up in suspense (though mainly for the paper's employees, rather then the viewer, who's already into Mr Smith's secret.) Meredith is a delicious little Satan, but it really is Robert Sterlings acting that supports the narrative. I knew his face, but had no idea he was such a good actor. Printer's devil has stood passing of time a lot better than most - shorter - episodes and is still hugely enjoyable. The climax could have been a bit better though..

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