The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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What's in the Box 

Philanderer Joe Britt sees his indiscretions shown on his own TV set after it was worked on by a unique repairman.


Richard L. Bare


Martin Goldsmith (as Martin M. Goldsmith), Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Joan Blondell ... Phyllis Britt
William Demarest ... Joe Britt
Sterling Holloway ... TV Repairman
Sandra Gould ... Woman
Howard Wright Howard Wright ... Judge
Herbert Lytton ... Dr. Saltman


Taxi driver Joe Britt usually makes his way home to his wife Phyllis but theirs is not a happy marriage as they constantly bicker and she accuses him of having a girlfriend. The obnoxious Joe is having his TV fixed but after the repairman leaves, Joe sees himself with his girlfriend in scenes from the recent past. Soon after, he has a glimpse of what will happen in the near future. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

13 March 1964 (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?


While the TV repairman is fixing the television in the first scene, numerous voices can be heard. One of them is Rod Serling saying, "Next time on The Twilight Zone (1959)..." See more »


When Joe breaks the TV screen with his fist you can see a still of the TV image that has been applied to the glass surface, which appears to shatter along with the glass. See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: Portrait of a TV fan. Name: Joe Britt. Occupation: cab driver. Tonight, Mr. Britt is going to watch 'a really big show,' something special for the cabbie who's seen everything. Joe Britt doesn't know it, but his flag is down and his meter's running, and he's in high gear, on his way - to The Twilight Zone.
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Featured in Top 10 Twilight Zone Episodes (2009) See more »

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Meet the Britts
7 February 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Joan Blondell and William Demarest star as a most unhappily married couple the Britts. Demarest's occupation as cabdriver in New York City allow him to roam far and wide to exotic places like Yonkers or Staten Island. Sure allows him to have Sandra Gould on the side.

But the most unusual TV repairman Sterling Holloway repairs their television just in time for Demarest to watch some wrestling. What gets broadcast isn't exactly Buddy Rogers or Antonino Rocca, but someone has been running a camera on his life, its past present and future.

Let's just say the tensions already in the marriage become visible as Demarest sees what's been going on in his life and Blondell gets nothing but static. The results aren't good.

You've got to love Sterling Holloway's character. It was probably the inspiration for Don Knotts's TV repairman in Pleasantville.

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