The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Fever 

An elderly man catches gambling fever from a slot machine that he believes is calling his name.


Robert Florey


Rod Serling

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

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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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Did You Know?


The ending credits introduce the theme music later used in the second through fourth seasons of the show (though this was the only point in the first season where it was used in place of the traditional theme music). See more »


When Franklin falls out of the window. It's quite obvious, he doesn't fall more than a few inches. You can see his legs just stop going down (and actually to the right) during the fall. See more »


Rod Serling - Narrator: [Closing Narration] Mr. Franklin Gibbs, visitor to Las Vegas, who lost his money, his reason, and finally his life to an inanimate metal machine variously described as a one-armed bandit, a slot machine, or, in Mr. Franklin Gibbs' words, a monster with a will all its own. For our purposes, we'll stick with the latter definition - because we're in the Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in SpongeBob SquarePants: Skill Crane/Good Neighbors (2005) See more »

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One Armed Bandit
30 September 2008 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is an advertisement for Gamblers Anonymous. We meet this grisly old guy who makes life miserable for everyone. He won't let his wife have any fun on a vacation to Las Vegas that she has won. He wins some money when a man gives him a dollar and tells him to play the slots. He wins. Soon he is obsessed with trying to beat the machine. Except the machine is corporeal monster. It entices him. It talks to him. It follows him around. He can't stop. He goes berserk in the casino. As we all know, it will come to no good end. I would venture to say that the hallucinations that this man is experiencing are not unlike the drives of the compulsive gambler. This nasty old guy gets his and the fact that he is in the Twilight Zone is probably because of his horrible treatment of other people. It's an interesting episode, but pretty predictable.

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