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A man fanatically opposed to gambling, battles a Las Vegas slot machine which seems to have a will of its own.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x17
Production Number: 173-3627
Airdate: Friday January 29th, 1960

Director: Robert Florey
Writer: Rod Serling


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Guest Stars
Vivi Janiss
As Flora Gibbs
Recurring
William Kendis
As Mr. Henson
Recurring
Art Lewis
As Drunk
Arthur Peterson
As Sheriff
Carole Kent
As Jackpot Winner
Everett Sloane
As Franklin Gibbs
Jeffrey Sayre
As Croupier
Lee Millar (1)
As Photographer
Lee Sands
As Floor Manager
Marc Towers
As Cashier
Main Cast
Rod Serling
As Narrator/Host

Recap

Franklin Gibbs is not happy that his wife won a vacation in Las Vegas. A drunk gives him a silver dollar and forces him to play a slot machine. His attitude changes after the machine pays off. He starts to hear the slot machine calling him and develops a mania to play. He plays till his last dollar, which jams when he attempts to play. Believing the machine purposefully jammed, he pushes it over. Later, back in his room, believing he sees the slot machine coming after him he falls out his hotel window. The out-of-order machine is rolled up to him laying on the pavement and spits out his dollar...

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Episode Notes
Everett Sloane wrote the theme song for the Andy Griffith Show "The Fishing Hole."

Everett Sloane starred in such movies as Citizen Kane.

Vivi Janiss would later star in "The Man in the Bottle."

Bill Kendis is also in "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up."



Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator:
Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Gibbs, three days and two nights, all expenses paid, at a Las Vegas hotel, won by virtue of Mrs. Gibbs's knack with a phrase. But unbeknownst to either Mr. or Mrs. Gibbs is the fact that there's a prize in their package neither expected nor bargained for. In just a moment one of them will succumb to an illness worse than any virus can produce, a most inoperative, deadly, life-shattering affliction known as the fever.

(talking to a slot machine)
Franklin Gibbs: Give me back my dollar. That's my last dollar! You miserable dirty…give me back my dollar!

Closing Narration
Narrator:
Mr. Franklin Gibbs, visitor to Las Vegas, who lost his money, his reason, and finally his life to an inanimate metal machine variously described as a one-armed bandit, a slot machine or, in Mr. Franklin Gibbs's words, a monster with a will all its own. For our purposes we'll stick with the latter definition because we're in the Twilight Zone.

Flora Gibbs: Franklin, dear, you know how awful you feel in the morning after you've been up too late at night.
Franklin Gibbs: Flora, will you kindly shut your mouth! I hate a shrew, Flora. I hate a woman who stands in back of you and sees to it that you have miserable luck. And that's what you're doing to me now, Flora. You're giving me miserable luck. Now, please, go away and leave me alone! (bystanders start to gather around them)
Flora Gibbs: Franklin, please, people are listening.
Franklin Gibbs: The devil with people! I'm not concerned with people. I'm concerned with this machine. It's inhuman the way it lets you win a little and then takes it all back. It teases you. It holds out promises…and wheedles you! It sucks you in and then…

Slot Machine: (lightly whispers) Fraaaaankliiiiinnnn!

Cashier: Five hours. That's how long he's been there.
Floor Manager: Boy, when they get hooked, they really get hooked, don't they?

Franklin Gibbs: Will somebody get me … a drink of water, please?
Flora Gibbs: Franklin...
Franklin Gibbs: Oh, Flora. Would you get me a drink of water? I've almost got her licked now. You see? Special Jackpot. Ten thousand dollars. You see? Ten thousand dollars. She's bound to turn up in a little while. You just have to stick with her long enough.

Flora Gibbs: Franklin?
Franklin Gibbs: What time is it, Flora?
Flora Gibbs: It's eight o'clock in the morning, Franklin.
Franklin Gibbs: I'd swear to you, Flora, this machine mocks me. It teases, beckons, mocks me. Put in five, get back four. Put in six, get back five. But it's got to pay off. Sooner or later, it's just got to…

Closing Narration
Narrator:
Mr. Franklin Gibbs, visitor to Las Vegas, who lost his money, his reason, and finally his life to an inanimate metal machine variously described as a one-armed bandit, a slot machine or, in Mr. Franklin Gibbs's words, a monster with a will all its own. For our purposes we'll stick with the latter definition because we're in the Twilight Zone.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
EditorJoseph Gluck
CastingMillie Gusse (1)
Set DecoratorRudy Butler  |  Henry Grace
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  William Ferrari
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton  |  Jean Valentino
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Sound Effects EditorVan Allen James
 
Warning: The Twilight Zone season 1 episode 17 guide may contain spoilers
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