The Twilight Zone

Season 4 Episode 9

Printer's Devil

Aired Unknown Feb 28, 1963 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Douglas Winter's paper, The Courier, is in financial trouble. Mr. Smith appears and offers to pay off the debts, and run the linotype machine. Douglas agrees, but soon regrets when he realizes Mr. Smith is the Devil. Mr. Smith offers him a contract guaranteeing The Courier's success in exchange for Doug's soul. Afraid of losing Mr. Smith, he agrees. Mr. Smith proceeds to cause all kinds of disasters. Doug asks him to stop, and Mr. Smith makes him another offer: He'll stop if Doug will kill himself.


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  • The Devil you hired.

    Any rating below a 10 for this, the last of the great Burgess Meredith's Twilight Zone appearances, is a crime. Same goes with his performance as Henry Bemis in season one's "Time Enough at Last". This particular performance is very special as Meredith is wonderfully evil, not like the humble roles he has portrayed before. Besides that, ALL of the performances are superb and the storyline says something about today's world, even more-so. The nostalgic scenes with the printing machine really show how it was done in the early days. This entire episode reeks with brilliance. One of the best ever. and a must see.moreless
  • The late Burgess Meredith makes his fourth and final appearance on "The Twilight Zone" as Mr. Smith; a man who meets the editor of a failing local newspaper named Douglas Winter as he is about to commit suicide. Winter hires Smith as a printer/reporter.moreless

    As he did in his previous three appearances, the late Burgess Meredith gives a very good performance as Mr. Smith in this very good episode. Mr. Smith is certainly a far cry from the Henry Bemis or Mr. Dingle, but still Meredith does a good job bringing the character to life. All of the performances in this episode are quite good which adds to its entertainment value. The climax of this episode is good as well. I liked how Douglas Winter finally took charge and took his newspaper back from Mr. Smith. One of the few good season four episodes.moreless
Robert Sterling

Robert Sterling

Douglas Winter

Guest Star

Pat Crowley

Pat Crowley

Jackie Benson

Guest Star

Ray Teal

Ray Teal

Mr. Franklin

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Take away a man's dream, fill him with whiskey and despair, send him to a lonely bridge, let him stand there all by himself looking down at the black water, and try to imagine the thoughts that are in his mind. You can't, I can't. But there's someone who can—and that someone is seated next to Douglas Winter right now. The car is headed back toward town, but its real destination is the Twilight Zone.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Exit the infernal machine, and with it his satanic majesty, Lucifer Prince of Darkness, otherwise known as Mr. Smith. He's gone, but not for good, that wouldn't be like him. He's gone for bad. And he might be back, with another ticket to the Twilight Zone.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode is based on the short story "The Devil, You Say?" by Charles Beaumont. The story was first published in Amazing Stories (January, 1951).

    • This episode, as with all in Season 4, were an hour in running time. All episodes in Season 1-3 & 5 were only 30 minutes.