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The Twilight Zone: Of Late I Think of Cliffordville

A bored businessman makes a deal with the Devil to start his life over in an earlier time period with $1,400 to work with.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x14
Production Number: 4867
Airdate: Thursday April 11th, 1963

Guest Stars
Albert SalmiAlbert Salmi
As Bill Feathersmith
Hugh SandersHugh Sanders
As Cronk
John AndersonJohn Anderson
As Diedrich
John Harmon (1)John Harmon (1)
As Clark
Wright KingWright King
As Hecate
Christine Burke (1)Christine Burke (1)
As Joanna Gibbons
Guy RaymondGuy Raymond
As Mr. Gibbons
Julie NewmarJulie Newmar
As Miss Devlin
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


After a chat with the building's janitor about how bored he is, Bill Feathersmith makes a deal with the devil to go back in time so he can start anew. The price he must pay is all but fourteen hundred dollars of his fortune. He buys up oil deeds, not realizing that oil is inaccessible in those days to drill. He wants to return back to the present day, the devil accepts along with a fee of forty dollars. He returns to the present day but with one twist, he is now the janitor and Hecate is the wealthy business tycoon...

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Episode Notes
Julie Newmar is best known as Catwoman from the TV series Batman.

Albert Salmi was also in "Execution" and "A Quality of Mercy."

Hugh Sanders is also in "Judgment Night" and "The Jungle."

John Anderson was also in "A Passage for Trumpet," "The Odyssey of Flight 33" and "The Old Man in the Cave."

John Harmon is also in "The Dummy."

This episode is based on the short story "Blind Alley" by Malcolm Jameson in Unknown Worlds, June, 1943.

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Witness a murder. The killer is Mr. William Feathersmith, a robber baron whose body composition is made up of a refrigeration plant covered by thick skin. In a moment Mr. Feathersmith will proceed on his daily course of conquest and calumny with yet another business dealing. But this one will be one of those bizarre transactions that take place in an odd marketplace known as the Twilight Zone.

Feathersmith: ...Something that'll turn this two-bit tool shed into a factory: a self-starter ...What do you mean, enlarge on it? It's a thing you press with your foot that starts an engine with an electric motor. What is it used for...!? It's used to make $200 million, that's what it's used for...!! Listen, are you all there!!? It's a storage battery, a motor, and a do-hickey that starts the motor! I've given you the principle; now all you have to do is build it...! Now look, I am not a crummy draftsman or a two-bit blueprint boy; I am a promoter, a financier. I'm gonna give you the backing; I've already given you the principle; so all you have to do is build it...! There's everything under the sun, and you sit around fixing tricycle pedals! There's radio, aluminum, foggy-headed carriage builders; we could make ourselves $8 billion dollars!

Closing Narration
Mr. William J. Feathersmith, tycoon, who tried the track one more time and found it muddier than he remembered--proving with at least a degree of conclusiveness that nice guys don't always finish last, and some people should quit when they're ahead. Tonight's tale of iron men and irony, delivered f.o.b. from the Twilight Zone.

Episode Goofs
The skies are still partly sunny despite the midnight chime of the church bell ringing out.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBert Granet
EditorRichard W. Farrell
Set DecoratorHenry Grace  |  Frank R. McKelvy
Director of PhotographyRobert Pittack
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  Paul Groesse
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorJoe Edmondson  |  Franklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Assistant DirectorRay DeCamp
Assistant To The DirectorJohn Conwell
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