The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Fever 

A middle-aged man catches gambling fever from a slot machine that he believes is calling his name.


Robert Florey


Rod Serling




Episode complete credited cast:
Rod Serling ... Narrator (voice)
Everett Sloane ... Franklin Gibbs
Vivi Janiss ... Flora Gibbs
William Kendis ... Hansen
Lee Millar ... Joe
Lee Sands Lee Sands ... Floor Manager
Marc Towers Marc Towers ... Cashier
Art Lewis ... Drunk
Arthur Peterson ... Sheriff


Flora and Franklin Gibbs head off to Las Vegas for a two-night, all-expense-paid vacation won by Flora in a contest. Franklin has agreed to go with her but he is unimpressed with the place, especially the casino looking down on all of those poor fools, as he calls them, playing slot machines. He severely admonishes Flora when she puts a nickel in a slot machine, accusing her of throwing away her money. When a drunken gambler gives him a dollar and insists that he play the machine, Franklin wins and there begins his descent into madness. Written by garykmcd / edited by Rob

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Even though the episode takes place in Las Vegas, it was filmed in California where slots were illegal at the time. The producers had to broker an arrangement with the LAPD to borrow real slot machines that had been confiscated by the police for use in the episode. Said producer Buck Houghton, "There was a policeman on the set at all times, to make damn sure that somebody didn't take one off and set it up in his uncle's barber shop." See more »


After losing all of his money, Franklin goes crazy, throws a fit, and knocks over the slot machine. Afterwords Franklin and his wife go back to their room for the rest of the night. The casino would not have allowed Franklin and his wife to stay in their room afterwards, they would have been thrown out immediately and legally barred from ever returning. They would have been allowed back into their room only to pack their things and leave, never to return. See more »


Franklin Gibbs: [Franklin picks up the small stack of silver dollars he'd won in the casino, and is about to sneak out of the room to go back downstairs and try to win more, when his wife turns on the light and catches him in the act. So, he hastily feigns an excuse to try and justify his actions] This isn't the kind of money I like to keep, Flora. This is tainted, this is... highly immoral. No good can come from money won like this. I'm going back in there and feed it back into the machine, Flora, and get rid ...
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Referenced in SpongeBob SquarePants: Skill Crane/Good Neighbors (2005) See more »


Twilight Zone Theme
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Composed by Bernard Herrmann
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I love it
24 June 2016 | by joesandsSee all my reviews

For people not living in Las Vegas, and deal with the decline of the human spirit by gambling, this episode may seem lame. But when Franklin begins his Rambling Rant after his wife says "it's just a machine" It made me uncontrollably start laughing. "It's not a machine.. It's an ENTITY!". Anyone who has lived in 'Vegas a long time, knows the justifications of die-hard gamblers... this was perfect, and very very well done.

While the concept of a tight fisted mid-westerner on vacation becoming a degenerate gambler might seem far fetched, those of us who live here and shake our heads, know that stranger things have happened.

There was a great deal of symbolism in the sketch as well, when Franklin dove out of the hotel window and the machine is there "looking at him" with it's blinking light, it shows the humiliation of the human spirit by an inanimate object.

The writing of the twilight zone shows was very well done, and it's amazing to see how relevant they are still today.

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Release Date:

29 January 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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