The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Man in the Bottle 

A luckless couple stumbles upon fortune when a genie materializes from a bottle in their antique shop. The genie grants them four wishes but warns them, prophetically, to be careful what you wish for.


Don Medford


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Luther Adler ... Arthur Castle
Vivi Janiss ... Edna Castle
Joseph Ruskin ... Genie
Olan Soule ... IRS Man (as Olan Soulé)
Lisa Golm ... Mrs. Gumley


Arthur and Edna Castle run a small antique shop but business is not good and they're having trouble paying their bills. Despite that, the good-hearted Arthur buys an old wine bottle from the desperate Mrs. Gumley for a dollar. When he knocks the bottle open, a genie appears offering them four wishes. They soon find that their wishes don't lead them to the outcomes they had hoped for and certainly don't lead to happiness. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

7 October 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in 1960 and on April 30, 1945. See more »


[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »


Arthur Castle: What about it, Genie? What can we wish for now? What can come to us without tricks?
Genie: Without tricks? I question the semantics here, Mr. Castle. There are no tricks involved. There are simply normal and under stable outgrowths and conditions that go with any windfall. No matter what you wish for, you must be prepared for the consequences.
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Spoofed in Futurama: I Dated a Robot (2001) See more »

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5 December 2013 | by darrenpearce111See all my reviews

I don't like genie episodes. Many TZs have an object with a completely unexplained special power and the stories usually work well enough. Providing a genie does nothing for a plot, and the genie (Joseph Ruskin) is superfluous here. Arthur Castle (Luther Adler) and his wife Edna ( Vivi Janiss from The Fever, season one) are struggling with their tat filled antique shop. The bottle is charitably bought by Arthur from another poor soul in financial need - I like the way the lady then admits to how she got the 'heirloom' on her way out of the shop. The wishes have catches to them, one especially puts Arthur in a position he didn't expect to be in! The ending is one of the better parts. I wouldn't say this is a meaningless story - just look at the Castles before and after the wishes.

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