The Twilight Zone

Season 2 Episode 14

The Whole Truth

Aired Unknown Jan 20, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A peculiar Model A automobile compels a used car dealer to tell only the truth.

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    Patrick Westwood

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • When Hunnicut goes to talk to the young couple at the start of the episode, he lays his cigar on the railing. A few scenes later when we see Rod standing on the steps, the cigar is gone.

    • QUOTES (8)

      • (Opening Narration)
        Narrator: This, as the banner already has proclaimed, is Mr. Harvey Hunnicut, an expert on commerce and con jobs, a brash, bright, and larceny-loaded wheeler and dealer who, when the good lord passed out a conscience, must have gone for a beer and missed out. And these are a couple of other characters in our story: a little old man and a Model A car - but not just any old man and not just any Model A. There's something very special about the both of them. As a matter of fact, in just a few moments they'll give Harvey Hunnicut something that he's never experienced before. Through the good offices of a little magic, they will unload on Mr. Hunnicut the absolute necessity to tell the truth. Exactly where they come from is conjectural, but as to where they're heading for, this we know, because all of them - and you - are on the threshold of the Twilight Zone.

      • Old Man: By the way, Mr. Hunnicut, there is one other small item I ought to mention to you about the car. It's haunted.
        Hunnicut: Haunted? Ha, you don't say.
        Old Man: Oh, yes. Without a doubt, the car is quite haunted. It's been haunted ever since it came off the assembly line, and every single one of its owners attests to this fact.
        Hunnicut: Would you mind telling me how it's haunted? Or better yet, how to "unhaunt" it?
        Old Man: Oh, you'll find out soon enough.

      • Hunnicut: I've got more lemons per square foot than a fruit grower in Salinas.

      • Hunnicut: Irv, Irv, for you to get more money out of me would be just about as easy as pouring hot butter into a wildcat's ear.

      • Hunnicut: The day you get your raise... it'll be below zero in the Fijis. Every yokel here starts and stops at the same salary. I just dangle that raise long enough for my employees to get wise.

      • Irv: That old lady who came in yesterday afternoon to buy that old Auburn. I mean, let's level now. How do you start a sales pitch by telling the customer if the car was one year older, Moses could've driven it across the Red Sea.

      • Hunnicut: This is a wreck. It's a rum-dum. It, ah, it hasn't got any points, hasn't got any rings, hasn't got any plugs. It leaks gasoline like it owns every oil well in Texas. But the tires... are very bad. The chassis' been bent. And if I said anything about it being a runabout, why, I meant it'd run about a block and then stop.

      • (Closing Narration)
        Narrator: Couldn't happen, you say? Far-fetched? Way-out? Tilt-of-center? Possible, but the next time you buy an automobile, if it happens to look as if it had just gone through the Battle of the Marne, and the seller is ready to throw into the bargain one of his arms, be particularly careful in explaining to the boss about your grandmother's funeral when you were actually at Chavez Ravine watching the Dodgers. It'll be a fact that you are the proud possessor of an instrument of truth manufactured and distributed by an exclusive dealer in the Twilight Zone.

    • NOTES (2)

      • A certain reference to "Jack Kennedy" was edited out on the broadcast version. The 'Complete Definite Collection Set' version is uncut.

      • This is one of six episodes originally shot on videotape, then transferred to sixteen-millimeter film for broadcast. This was done as a cost-cutting measure.

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