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The Twilight Zone: I Dream of Genie

A mild-mannered clerk finds Aladdin's lamp but decides that using his one wish for wealth, power or the girl of his dreams would be a waste of the lamp's power.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x12
Production Number: 4860
Airdate: Thursday March 21st, 1963

Director: Robert Gist
Writer: John Furia

Guest Stars
Jack AlbertsonJack Albertson
As Genie
James MillhollinJames Millhollin
As Masters
Loring SmithLoring Smith
As Watson
Milton ParsonsMilton Parsons
As P.R. Man
Patricia BarryPatricia Barry
As Ann
Howard MorrisHoward Morris
As George P. Hanley
Joyce JamesonJoyce Jameson
As Starlet
Robert BallRobert Ball
As Clerk
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


George P. Hanley buys a birthday gift for his secretary, an antique oil lamp. After seeing another co-worker give her a gift of lingerie, decides to keep the lamp. While home, he polishes up the lamp and out pops a genie. He tells George he can grant him one wish. George visions several situations, all ending disastrously. He finally decides on a wish. Later, a bum finds the lamp and rubs it. Out pops George, as the genie. ..

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Episode Notes
Howard Morris is most famous for his role as eccentric mountain man Ernest T. Bass on the Andy Griffith Show.

Jack Albertson is also in "The Shelter."

James Millhollin was also in "The After Hours" and "Mr. Dingle, the Strong."

Loring Smith was also in "The Whole Truth."

Milton Parsons is also in "Once Upon a Time" and "The New Exhibit."

Patricia Barry was also in "The Chaser."

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Meet Mr. George P. Hanley, a man life treats without deference, honor or success. Waiters serve his soup cold. Elevator operators close doors in his face. Mothers never bother to wait up for the daughters he dates. George is a creature of humble habots and tame dreams. He's an ordinary man, Mr. Hanley, but at this moment the accidental possessor of a very special gift, the kind of gift that measures men against their dreams, the kind of gift most of us might ask for first and possibly regret to the last, if we, like Mr. George P. Hanley, were about to plunge head-first and unaware into our own personal Twilight Zone.

Closing Narration
Mr. George P. Hanley. Former vocation: jerk. Present vocation: genie. George P. Hanley, a most ordinary man whom life treated without deference, honor or success, but a man wise enough to decide on a most extraordinary wish that makes him the contented, permanent master of his own altruistic Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerHerbert Hirschman
Associate ProducerMurray Golden
MusicFred Steiner
Set DecoratorHenry Grace  |  Don Greenwood, Jr.
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorJohn J. Thompson  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton  |  Joe Edmondson
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Film EditorEda Warren
Assistant DirectorJohn D. Bloss
Assistant To The DirectorJohn Conwell
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