The Twilight Zone

A Thing About Machines

Season 2, Ep 4, Aired 10/28/60
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  • Episode Description
  • A writer feels that the machines in his house are conspiring against him.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Barbara Stuart

    Edith Rogers

  • Barney Phillips

    TV Repairman

  • Henry Beckman

    Policeman

  • Jay Overholts

    Intern

  • Margarita Cordova

    Girl

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • A very interesting moment in the Twilight Zone

    By Agent_Clank, Jul 03, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • (Opening Narration) Narrator: This is Mr. Bartlett Finchley, age forty-eight, a practicing sophisticate who writes very special and very precious things for gourmet magazines and the like. He's a bachelor and a recluse with few friends, only devotees and adherents to the cause of tart sophistry. He has no interests save whatever current annoyances he can put his mind to. He has no purpose to his life except the formulation of day-to-day opportunities to vent his wrath on mechanical contrivances of an age he abhors. In short, Mr. Bartlett Finchley is a malcontent, born either too late or too early in the century, and who in just a moment will enter a realm where muscles and the will to fight back are not limited to human beings. Next stop for Mr. Bartlett Finchley - the Twilight Zone.

    • TV Repairman: Last time I was over here, you kicked your foot through the screen, remember? Finchley: I have a vivid recollection, thank you. The set was not working properly. I tried to get it to do so in a perfectly normal fashion. TV Repairman: By kicking your foot through the screen? Why didn't you just horse-whip it, Mr. Finchley? That'd show it who's boss.

    • Finchley: Thomas Jefferson wrote the entire Declaration of Independence with a feathered quill. It took him only half a day. Edith: Why don't you hire Mr. Jefferson?

    • (Closing Narration) Narrator: Yes, it could just be. It could just be that Mr. Bartlett Finchley succumbed from a heart attack and a set of delusions. It could just be that he was tormented by an imagination as sharp as his wit and as pointed as his dislikes. But as perceived by those attending, this is one explanation that has left the premises with the deceased. Look for it filed under 'M' for machines in the Twilight Zone.

    Trivia (2)

    • Even by the standards of the day, the string pulling the electric razor down the stairs is blatantly obvious.

    • The top of a head of the (unseen) driver is visible in the car in the courtyard.

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