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The Twilight Zone: The Man in the Bottle

A genie grants an impoverished pawnbroker four wishes which hasn't exactly turned out as he had hoped.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x2
Production Number: 173-3638
Airdate: Friday October 07th, 1960

Director: Don Medford
Writer: Rod Serling

  • Currently 7.3/10
7.3/10 (3 Votes cast)


Arthur and Edna Castle own a rundown pawnshop and are ceaselessly in debt. The good-hearted Arthur can’t resist when neighbor woman Mrs. Gumley comes in and tries to sell an old bottle claiming it’s a family heirloom. He finally gives her a dollar for it but as she leaves she starts crying and explains that she found it in a garbage can. After she goes, Edna complains about how Arthur is driving them further into debt. Arthur in turn notes how the shop destroyed his grandfather and father, and will destroy him too. He picks up a handful of bills and knocks the bottle to the ground where it breaks… and a mist pour out. A well-dressed gentleman appears from the mist and introduces himself as a genie...

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